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GStreamer SDK Now Offers Support for Developing Multimedia Playback on Android

Collabora Ltd. and Fluendo S.A., two leading companies in open source multimedia, are pleased to announce the GStreamer SDK now enables building multimedia playback applications for Android Operating System.

The latest GStreamer SDK introduces Android support for GStreamer, allowing the powerful framework to be leveraged by Android applications for advanced multimedia capabilities. It also includes improvements for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. It is freely available to download at http://www.gstreamer.com. The GStreamer SDK facilitates the use and implementation of GStreamer, a multimedia framework chosen by many Fortune 500 companies, for the development of cross-platform and cross-architecture applications with multimedia needs, to meet the expectations of server, desktop, mobile, IVI, STB, digital signage environments.

The GStreamer SDK for Android is targeted at API Level 9 (Android 2.3.1, Gingerbread) or higher. However, due to some of the restrictions of previous versions of Android, some features such as hardware acceleration are only available from API Level 16 (Android 4.1, Jelly Bean).

GStreamer.com offers access to development resources

The release of the SDK for Android aims to facilitate the adoption and development of the GStreamer framework on the mobile platforms. Developers have free access to the SDK, extensive documentation, tutorials and instructions for installing GStreamer and getting started.

“Fluendo is very excited about spanning new platforms and adding features to the GStreamer SDK. With the increasing importance of Android in the distribution and consumption of multimedia, the new SDK version will be yet another step in the mission of democratizing the use of GStreamer as a versatile and powerful tool to develop amazing applications everywhere,” said Julien Moutte, co-founder and CTO of Fluendo.

“Collabora is proud to be part of the GStreamer SDK effort to further expand GStreamer's platform support. The latest release brings the full features and capabilities of the GStreamer SDK to Android. This allows application developers to create more powerful, cross-platform multimedia applications all the while facilitating differentiation and value-add for Android platform developers,” said Philippe Kalaf, co-founder and CEO of Collabora.

About GStreamer

GStreamer is an advanced open source multimedia framework used in a wide range of operating systems and devices. The GStreamer project aims at providing a modern and modular system suitable for any major multimedia product. GStreamer is already the de-facto multimedia platform for Linux based operating systems and with the GStreamer 1.0 release series the power of GStreamer is available to an even wider audience.

About the GStreamer SDK

The GStreamer SDK is a free and open source cross-platform software development kit that provides a consistent, well tested and high quality multimedia sub-system for amateurs and professional developers by means of packaged and pre-built libraries and tutorials.

About Android

Android is the world's most popular mobile platform. With Android you can use all the Google apps you know and love, plus there are more than 600,000 apps and games available on Google Play to keep you entertained, alongside millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies. Android devices are already smart, and will only get smarter, with new features you won't find on any other platform, letting you focus on what's important and putting you in control of your mobile experience.

About Fluendo

Founded in 2004 in Barcelona, Fluendo specializes in software development and consulting services to enable multimedia on multiple devices and operating systems. Fluendo employs several of the central developers of GStreamer, an Open Source framework which is quickly establishing itself as the de-facto standard multimedia framework for GNU/Linux and UNIX systems. Fluendo provides a wide range of products under and above GStreamer, including proprietary codecs (together with their respective patent licenses), a streaming server, and the Fluendo DVD Player. Fluendo develops multimedia software to offer cross-platform and open source-based multimedia solutions for wide variety of devices, always aiming at proposing an innovative perspective of entertainment.

About Collabora

Headquartered in Cambridge, UK with a network of developers worldwide, Collabora Ltd. is a software consultancy specializing in delivering the benefits of open source to the commercial world. Collabora combines years of open source software expertise with hard-won experience from working in the mobile and consumer electronics industries. They help clients effectively take open source technologies from the community to real-world consumers, re-using existing components to reduce time to market and focus on product differentiation.

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Windows is a trademark of Microsoft in the U.S. and other countries.

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