Are You Experienced?: Android And Digital Signage, Three Years On


It has been three-plus years since the first Android-driven digital signage players and supporting software platforms came on the marketplace. Pretty quickly, there were more than 70 options out there.

Some companies like BroadSign have seen some big success in going down the Android road, whereas not much has happened for some other companies that put in the time and resources.

I’ve quietly canvassed industry contacts, and have had a lot of great insights kindly fed back to. But I’d love to hear from others, as I am going to put together a fairly ambitious marketplace review that will be available off this blog, probably as a download ‘cuz it will be way too big for a simple post or two.

If you “do” or “did” Android, send me a note on what your experiences have been, lessons learned and go-forward plans. I want to know if Android is still on, or has the marketplace shifted to system on chip displays and ChromeOS? Or something else?

My take so far is that while Android had its teething pains for some vendors because of shifting OS versions and the oft-repeated revelation that there was a reason all those $49 HDMI sticks from Shenzhen were so cheap.

I’d prefer you are on the record with what you have to say, but I’ll happily take background info.

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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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1 Comment

  • Corum Digital – Android Player thoughts….

    Our Experience

    We saw the potential of using Android as a media player early on and have been working with this platform for over 5 years. We have a graveyard full of Android devices that on paper seemed to be excellent candidates but failed miserably when actual tested as a digital signage player. Once we found the right player, we developed our own custom firmware so that we could get the most out of the device. We are on our third generation player and with each iteration we are getting closer to matching the performance of our modern i3 based player. We are even able to control a screen via RS-232, integrate with connected USB devices and remote control the device with our Remote Desktop software. This player is firmly integrated with both of our digital signage platforms (firmCHANNEL and MediaTile) including support for content produced using our own drag and drop Content Designer.

    Lessons Learned

    • Finding the right device is critical
    • Making the investment in developing custom firmware so that you can get the most out of the device

    Plans Going Forward

    We’ve had great success with our Android media players. Our customers love how capable it is at playing content, how easy it is to install and manage and that it’s rugged enough to run 24/7. This, combined with an excellent price point makes it a superb option that we plan on supporting for the foreseeable future.

    Best Regards,

    Jens Kofoed
    CTO, Corum Digital Corporation
    D: 416.342.0639

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