Android For Digital Signage: Say Hello To This Flexible, Low-Cost Platform
May 18, 2013 by Dave Haynes
Here’s the 12th entry in this running series of closer looks at digital signage solution providers who have started working with the Android operating system and low-cost, ultra-small ARM processors.
Almost 30 companies have introduced products based on the open-source Android operating system that is very widely used for smart devices like handsets and tablets, all of them using CPUs based on ARM reference designs. Most smartphones and tablets use ARM.
It is likely that much of the industry will shift to ARM-based devices using Android or Linux in the next 1-3 years because ARM devices now rival the processing power of lower cost x86 personal computing devices, but at a fraction of the cost and, in most cases, size.
The Dutch company Novus Solutions has a series of Android-driven products under the Hello platform, including a little, low-cost UPP media player stick.
The Hello app is positioned as friendly and easy, and the platform provides a series of pre-installed themes to use, as well as a theme editor to tweak or build your own.
The platform has a tagging and grouping system, and runs off a web-based user experience. It crosses platforms and can be installed on anything from a display screen, using the UPP stick, to tablets, smartphones or Google TVs.
Activation is done using a software key generated by the device to the HELLO system.
The company has a bundled display-software package, for at least a couple of series, with Philips in Europe.
Hello For Android
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