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The end is nigh – could Android be the answer?

A shift in the mobile operating system landscape has occurred over the last several years.  The transition from legacy Windows® is well underway as Microsoft prepares to end support for its Windows Mobile operating system. Businesses are looking to the Android OS for a new generation of devices and ways of working.

“Android is now the most popular mobile operating system in both the consumer and enterprise sectors across the globe (in Europe’s top markets Android accounts for 76.5% of smartphones sold.)

The ease of use of Android – not to mention people’s familiarity with it – mean it’s a logical choice when it comes to selecting a mobile operating system for your business. That said, there have been some concerns that Android has some vulnerabilities that could expose enterprises to security issues. However key hardware suppliers within the industry have taken measures to create a secure Android architecture that ensures their devices are fully enterprise-ready.

The Android platform on rugged devices now has robust security features built-in that include:

  • Data security – business data is private by default with enforced security between applications, full disk encryption and always-on VPN options
  • App security – with work apps authorised so IT can control which apps are installed and who uses them
  • Device security – is protected and maintained by a series of features, such as hardware root of trust

Android can help you tackle these issues simply, from day one. Firstly, because Android and other touch-screen operating systems dominate modern phones, your workers already know how to use its intuitive touch screen interface. Secondly, rugged Android devices includes the option of Mobility DNA All Touch Terminal Emulation, which converts your existing green screen applications into Android touch screen experiences, so workers at all levels can adopt them quickly.

Despite the initial cost of upgrading to a modernised operating system, the transition will leave businesses with smarter, faster handhelds that can both improve security and enable a more connected work force – resulting in improved efficiencies and turnaround times through some impressive innovations.

Key Benefits of Android Rugged Mobile Devices:

  • Ruggedised Devices – Android is the operating system powering many specialised rugged devices. If you need your devices to survive the day-to-day environment and the drops, tumbles and spills that come with that – choosing an operating system that is compatible with toughened devices could be a sensible move.
  • Data Capture – Android devices have the capability to capture the barcode data required as part of most operations. Rugged devices are perfectly optimised to make barcode capture faster and more accurate, with inbuilt scanning hardware, and the ability to capture even damaged and distorted barcodes, as well as images and form capture, making it easier than ever to capture accurate data.
  • Battery Power – With users using their device continuously throughout the day, battery power is an important consideration when choosing an operating system and device. These devices offer high-capacity, replaceable batteries, and in-cab chargers. Combine this with Android’s power management capabilities which enable longer battery life with fewer charges, and you’ve got a device you can rely on.
  • Training and Ease of Use – Android operating systems will undoubtedly be familiar to most of your workforce. Users will be able to locate and use the functionality they need quickly and easily, with little-to-no specialist training required meaning that, when introducing new devices, you’ll experience very little downtime and few usability issues.
  • Security – It is easy to protect your data and ensure devices are secure, by supplementing Android’s consumer operating system with the latest secure Android architecture that ensures their devices are fully enterprise-ready.
  • Quality Connectivity –When workers need to be able to access job-related data or backend systems on the move, robust WWAN/WLAN connections and seamless roaming can make all the difference. Android devices have robust WWAN/WLAN connections and seamless roaming, minimising the likelihood of your users being offline, and ensuring that the data is always available in real-time.
  • Simple to Manage and Control – Android is the most widely used operating system on mobile devices, making integration with existing systems simple and eliminating compatibility issues
  • Lifecycle Management – Enterprise Android devices provide devices built to last a minimum of 18 months, removing those compatibility issues and future-proofing your devices.

With Microsoft planning to withdraw its support for the mobile operating systems that companies have used for decades, businesses will face decisions about choosing a new OS, finding a handheld device to support it, and migrating their apps over to the upgraded platform. Don’t delay with this decision talk to us today.