American Airlines has renewed its long-term relationship with the IMS Co. as the systems integrator for the carrier's Samsung Galaxy Tab devices. The ultra-thin tablet replaces the now five-year-old workhorse PED that American and IMS launched as the inflight entertainment industry's first “semi-embedded” PED.

In choosing to deploy 6,000 new Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets to replace the current PEDs in premium cabins on transatlantic and some other international flights, American tapped the Southern California-based IFE provider to repurpose and integrate one of the world's thinnest large-screen tablets into the inflight environment.

IMS' focus in repurposing the Galaxy Tab for inflight entertainment was on the Android operating system. Due to the growing importance of the operating systems that support PEDs, IMS has moved toward platform integration rather than device integration as the basis for its handheld service offerings.