Gartner reports that Android powered smartphones outsold Apple’s iOS powered iPhone by a whopping 4 to 1 in the first quarter of 2013, falling just shy of 75% of total worldwide smartphone share for the quarter.
However, the uptake of Android powered devices in the commercial market has been comparatively slow despite these strong results in the retail sector. The commercial sector is still largely dominated by rugged PDA devices, usually powered by Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system.
There is a need for rugged, robust devices capable of withstanding the pressures of harsh operating environments, especially in industries such as mining, industrial, construction and servicing that use mobile inspection software and often require devices to meet an IP rating.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is a new Android powered device rated at IP67. Despite a few key design trade-offs, which include a lower resolution 8MP camera (compared to 13MP on the S4) and a slight increase in width and weight (172g compared to 151g on the S4), the new Galaxy S4 Active has the potential to revolutionise the commercial smartphone market, particularly in the domain of mobile inspections.
Complete inspections can now be conducted on Android devices with IP ratings of 65 and above, enabling inspectors to use software such as Techs4Biz Pervidi Mobile Inspection software, while taking full advantage of the larger screen, broad range of Android apps, high-resolution camera and the option of BYOD workplace policies.
To address the flux in the mobile operating system landscape where users in the corporate and commercial space are forced to choose between Android, iOS and Windows environments, Samsung has introduced the Ativ Q device capable of running both full Windows OS and full Android OS, bridging the Android and Windows divide.
Samsung’s new Ativ Q can bring several benefits to the commercial sector in terms of mobile inspections. Using software such as Pervidi Mobile Inspection software on a multi-OS device such as the Ativ Q would allow a user to complete an inspection in the field using the software in an Android environment, wirelessly synchronise back to a central database, and then review and analyse the data by switching back to Windows – all without the need to head into the office for analysis and reporting.
Pervidi software is available from Techs4biz Australia .