‘Feed­back sug­gests that the Yota plat­inum phone will be very pop­u­lar’

Voice&Data - - TELE-STATS - Malini N

Tell us some­thing about your part­ner­ship with Yota De­vices.

STC has been se­lected as the strate­gic soft­ware part­ner of Yota De­vices for the dual screen phone and as such we are help­ing them with the core an­droid ar­chi­tec­tural mod­i­fi­ca­tions, devel­op­ment and test­ing of the Yota plat­inum phone. Yota went through an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion process re­view­ing ODMs and soft­ware ser­vice providers, seek­ing a best in class part­ner. STC started work­ing with Yota dur­ing mid-2012 and com­pleted a num­ber of con­sult­ing projects, in­clud­ing some early work on the plat­inum phone ar­chi­tec­ture, where we were able to demon­strate our ex­per­tise and qual­ity. This com­bined with our over­all track record in de­liv­er­ing com­plex an­droid devel­op­ment projects for global OEMs, our ex­pe­ri­ence in sup­port­ing de­vice ven­dors to de­velop their ecosys­tem (on mul­ti­ple OS plat­forms) and our global foot­print with a strong lo­cal pres­ence in Rus­sia were ma­jor rea­sons for Yota De­vices to se­lect STC. We were very de­lighted to be se­lected for this tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing, in­no­va­tive and com­plex project.

How op­ti­mistic are you about the ac­cep­tance of dual screen phones? What would be the pric­ing?

This is a very unique in­no­va­tion and the feed­back to date sug­gests that the Yota plat­inum phone will be very pop­u­lar. When it comes to ecosys­tem adop­tion, STC be­lieves that there will be both busi­ness and con­sumer ben­e­fits from the e-Ink dis­play and that over time, de­vel­op­ers will find new ways of tak­ing ad­van­tage of this cool in­no­va­tion via the APIs that will be ex­posed to them. We have seen over the last few years that de­vel­op­ers are al­ways keen to ex­ploit the lat­est in­no­va­tions as a way to dif­fer­en­ti­ate their ap­pli­ca­tions and ser­vices and thus, we be­lieve that the Yota plat­inum phone will pro­vide them with a great plat­form to do ex­actly this. In terms of pric­ing, this will be de­ter­mined by Yota as the de­vice ven­dor.

What are the tech­ni­cal chal­lenges posed by the dual screen phone?

There are many chal­lenges in such an in­no­va­tion. Some as­pects that arose in the devel­op­ment process for the dual screen phone in­cluded the in­te­gra­tion of the e-Ink dis­play to the an­droid plat­form, cre­at­ing a mech­a­nism for shar­ing in­for­ma­tion be­tween the dis­plays, mod­i­fy­ing the Sur­faceFlinge­r frame­work to be aware of the pres­ence of a sec­ond phys­i­cal dis­play, op­ti­m­iYing the plat­form to en­sure real-time per­for­mance when switch­ing be­tween dis­plays, en­abling ex­ist­ing an­droid ap­pli­ca­tions to ex­ploit this in­no­va­tion with­out break­ing any of the an­droid com­pat­i­bil­ity guide­lines to just name a few. De­vel­op­ing such a de­vice re­quires in-depth knowl­edge of an­droid as mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tems as well as on all an­droid de­vice com­pat­i­bil­ity, main­te­nance and ap­pli­ca­tion ecosys­tem re­lated as­pects.

ma­linin@cy­ber­me­dia.co.in

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