Chumby Launches On Android

San Diego-based Chumby Industries, the maker of Internet-enabled, application-capable devices, said this week that it has launched a new version of its product for Android. According to the firm, its app--available on the Android Market for $4.99--brings the firm's software to Android 2.2 devices. Chumby's software runs mini apps for viewing stock quotes, weather, video clips, slide show, and other information. ,/p>

Chumby said the addition of Android support is the first of many launches which will expand its software to tablets, automobile infotainment systems, televisions, and other household products. Previously, Chumby's software only ran on its Linux-based devices, Sony's Dash Personal Internet Viewer, plus automotive systems based on QNX Software's operating systems. Chumby has a catalog of over 1500 applications to stream Internet content to devices such as its Internet-enabled clock radio. The company is headed by Derrick Oien, and has venture backing from Avalon Ventures, JK&B Capital, Masthead Venture Partners, and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.