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Android makes its present felt in rugged mobile sector


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The Android operating system is beginning to make its presence felt in the rugged mobile computing space, which has long been almost exclusively the preserve of Microsoft Windows.

Although some developers have expressed uncertainty about the appropriateness of the platform for business applications, hardware suppliers are now testing the market by giving it cautious support.

Getac, for instance, has just announced and Android version of its PS236 handheld computer, and says the trend is growing. Casio has launched a 10.1in ruggedised tablet computer with the Android OS.

And German developer Hoeft & Wessel has launched a version of the Skeye Dart handheld with Android as an alternative to Windows CE 6.0 or Embedded Handheld 6.5.

Meanwhile, Digi has announced an application development kit for Android, which it says it the industry’s first Android embedded application development kit. It includes drivers and software extensions to help create Android-based applications more easily.

While Windows remains the dominant operating platform for this type of device, the first warning shots have been fired, and it remains to be seen how and when Microsoft will respond.

 

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