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Am I missing something?

Shouldn't modern receivers be using modern operating systems?

I'd love to see a receiver running Android.

I am aware this might be a stupid topic/question
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Depending on how you look at it, my receiver runs an operating system, TOPPPERS, that is actually much newer than Android, which is based on the over twenty-year old Linux. I wouldn't be suprised there if aren't receivers that use other Linux-based operating systems.
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Am I missing something?
Shouldn't modern receivers be using modern operating systems?
I'd love to see a receiver running Android.
I am aware this might be a stupid topic/question

Receivers don't have anywhere near the memory or processing power of a typical Android device. iPhone and top android phones, such as the Galaxy S3 are $600 - $900 to purchase outright without the subsidies from the cell phone contract. I don't think anyone would want to add that to the cost of a receivers. Of course not all of that cost is just the main processor / memory. Not to mention you would be turning a fairly reliable device into a fully featured computer. frown.gif I wouldn't want malware on my receiver. Also, for $99 you can add an AppleTV to any receiver and get some of the best UI / streaming software around. I imagine it's only a matter of time before it runs apps as well. I think some have hacked their to run apps already.
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Is you car running a "modern" operating system ? Probably not (i hope not).

The operating system is only a miniscule part of the overall AVRs cost, which is quite price sensitive due to the ongoing competition between manufacturers .
AVRs usually run operating systems optimized for their tasks and resources. They usually have much less processing power (CPUs) and memory than a typical smart phone. They are sort of embedded plattforms, many probably using specialized microprocessors or maybe ARM based kernels with Linux derivatives known for their low footprint and bandwidth needs or something similar.
I don't know, if anyone uses Windows Embedded Compact (Win CE).
An visually oriented all around platform like Android is much more power hungry for things, which are of no use in an AVR (except maybe the setup menus).
The realtime processing power needed is in the DSPs used, which typically have their own operating environment.
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