23 Digital Signage Software Options For Chromebox & Google

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Updated: March 2016

Tech giant Google has been active in the digital signage space for the last two years, with dedicated business development, product management and channel management resources, and the company has had a substantial presence at the last two Digital Signage Expo trade shows in Las Vegas, most recently in March 2016.

This is a round-up of all the know software tie-ins, with CMS companies ID’d by whether they are formally part of the Google for Work partner program.

The round-up also lists the known ChromeOS devices on the market that are being used for digital signage, and I have also included the integrators that are formally part of the Chrome ecosystem.

All of these devices sit in top of Google’s $2/month, per device, management console, which handles device management and, in effect, means just about any company with a web player can plug in.

Content Management Platforms

Specialty Applications

Google has said its Android Runtime for Chrome will make porting Android apps to Chrome possible, meaning a signage app developed for Android can run on Chrome players.

Google markets its digital signage and kiosk activities off this Google for Work microsite.

Hardware Options

The Device Gallery has Dell, HP, Asus and Acer options. Lenovo has also debuted a Chromebox Tiny, based on the ThinkCentre family. Aopen has released its Chromebox Commercial box, as well as a 22-inch Chromebase Commercial integrated display with touch. A 19-inch is coming, as well.

Acer has also announced a 21.5 inch Chromebase for summer, but no sign of it so far.

The Chromebit is an $85 HDMI stick. Here are two takes – an overview and a more technical deep dive – into how it works.

Integrators

 

Dave Haynes

Dave Haynes

Editor/Founder at Sixteen:Nine
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for more than a decade. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He's based near Toronto.
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