The Khronos Group has launched its OpenMAX AL 1.1 specification, a cross-platform C-language API for high-performance multimedia apps on mobile and embedded devices.
Khronos spokesperson Jonathan Hirshon told TG Daily that the updated OpenMAX application layer (AL) allows mobile apps to run on both hardware-accelerated systems as well as software-based media platforms.
"OpenMAX AL provides developers with the ability to create and control player-recorder objects, connecting them to configurable devices/components, such as headphones, loudspeakers, microphones, display windows, cameras, haptics, broadcast radios and LEDs," he explained.
According to Hirshon, the OpenMAX spec facilitates a wide-range of media-related functionality, including:
It should be noted that Khronos also announced its OpenMAX AL Digital TV Extension, which simplifies the deployment of digital TV functionality and enables devs to code DTV-related media apps across a variety of mobile devices.
"The OpenMAX AL Digital TV extension helps standardize digital TV, while making it easily accessible to both app devs and mobile end-users.
"Think of it this way: because the updated spec is transmission technology-agnostic, it allows the same framework and applications to be repurposed across a variety of platforms, devices and markets," added Hirshon.