Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Why was Android used to implement Avaya Flare?

Network world reported in his article “New Avaya device takes on Cisco (Apple, too) in tablet war" on Avaya Flare. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/091510-avaya-tablet.html

They call it “a powerful  Android-based touchscreen tablet that support new communications software to rival Cisco’s recently announced communication tablet Cius”.  And move on to describe the user experience “Members are drawn in from a Rolodex of contacts listed on the right of the screen and dragged into a spotlight at the center, representing the conference”.
In the comments section at network world readers asked: why was Android used to implement Avaya Flare? The reasons are
1)   Android is an open platform. The tablet thus can run 10.000’s of standard applications off the shelf
2)   There is a large Android developer community – so it’s easy for an Avaya customer to find someone building special applications for the customers business context. In addition leveraging Avaya Ace no special telecom skills are needed to write applications.
3)   Android did give my development team a jumpstart. Many functions we had to develop in projects before were available right out of the standard Android load.
4)   Last – but not least – its fun to develop with new technologies. Our developers love to learn new things and apply it to our customer’s business environment. As a consequence we have a motivated and energized team.
Let me know what your thoughts on the use of Android are! Here as well as on the Avaya blog at http://www.avaya.com/blogs/archives/2010/09/title-why-was-android-used-to-implement-avaya-flare.html
Christian von Reventlow, VP new Products at Avaya, Inventor of Avaya Flare.

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