Maxa Technologies (Maxatec) has announced the availability of two mobile computing devices with an Android operating system from the Bluebird 'Pidion' range.
The BM-170 enterprise semi-rugged PDA and the BIP-6000MAX rugged handheld computer are now available with an Android operating system, and software developers are being urged to request initial units for their application development before first stock deliveries are exhausted. Android is a Linux based operating system for mobile computing devices, including smartphones and tablet computers. The rapid growth of the Android market has driven many manufacturers of enterprise mobile computing devices to develop an Android operating system platform, and Bluebird Soft is one of the first to the table with the BM-170 and BIP-6000MAX products.
With such a plethora of developers from the consumer market now becoming familiar with the Android operating system, there is a significant shift in the enterprise world as Android takes hold. The open-source system offers a number of opportunities to the B2B market and gives developers flexibility.
Mike Ashcroft, Director of Technical Services commented: "The BM-170 and BIP-6000 products now support both Windows Mobile and Android OS platform. This will enable customers who want to migrate to Android the ability to do so, an essential feature as enterprise users move from consumer smartphones to rugged handsets in the field mobility market. The growth of Android has really been quite phenomenal, and despite some initial hesitation from the market, both developers and manufacturers have now shown their commitment to Android and we are starting to see interest and take-up from a variety of sectors."
Bluebird also plan to release two new products into the UK market in the very near future. The HM40 and 50 will be launched with the option of Android operating system, industry leading performance due to new Samsung chipset and improved power management, higher battery capacity, 5MP auto focus camera, IP65 sealing, integrated 1D/2D barcode scanner. The HM40 / 50 will set new industry benchmarks in terms of price performance.