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Android popularity grows for mobility solutions

October 18th, 2018

Not so long ago, the dominant systems in the mobile computer world were mainly Microsoft-based.

But with the growing popularity of Android in consumer devices, the demand for Google’s OS in professional environments has grown exceptionally quickly.

Mobile computer solutions based on Android are now in big demand for use in field applications such as assisted sales, mobile Point of Sale (mPOS), field sales, field service and proof of delivery.

A key driver behind the increasing use of Android in professional mobile solutions is actually linked to the operating system’s popularity with consumers. The idea is that many end users are more comfortable using a familiar system, meaning less training, higher accuracy and greater output.

What’s more, these solutions combine the advantages of a consumer device with the robustness and high performance of a professional solution. Industrial devices offer higher security - thanks to enterprise graded versions of Android - and ruggedness. These devices also speed up many mobile applications thanks to high-performance imagers able to read any type of 1D and 2D code.

It’s no surprise that in most enterprise mobility deployments today, Android and smartphone-like form factors are the two features most requested by end users. But industrial users don’t want to make any compromises as to robustness and security and that’s why requirements for professional mobile computer systems are changing.

To provide solutions to these requirements, Datalogic has launched its latest PDA, the DL-Axist. The DL-Axist is a rugged PDA with Android technology and a full touch 5-inch screen.

The DL-Axist can survive most indoor or outdoor environments, and it has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 touchscreen and scan window with an optional protective rubber boot to deliver additional protection.

The DL-Axist PDA is equipped with a multi-purpose 2D imager providing quick and easy data capture from high density codes at standard distances, and includes Datalogic’s patented ‘Green Spot’ technology for good-read feedback. An autofocus camera with a built-in LED flash is standard providing easy photo capture for applications requiring image documentation.

Datalogic’s SoftSpot technology is also included, which allows user to define a floating soft trigger to be positioned anywhere on the screen and programmed to execute almost any task.

The versatile DL-AXIST is a great match for a number of vertical markets such as: Retail for customer assistance, pricing, stock management and mobile POS; Transportation & Logistics for route accounting, direct store delivery and workforce management; Healthcare for bedside care and pharmacy inventory.

It’s exciting to see new products that signal an evolution in devices available with the Android operating system. Today, mobile operations can happen anywhere in the store or beyond the four walls and end users require all the features and technology necessary for assisted sales in the store, and product delivery in the field.

 

 




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