As technology evolves at an ever-faster pace, the shelf life (and lives) of what were once unthinkably advanced gadgets and innovations have become shorter and shorter. The so-called planned obsolescence of products’ early generations is more and more inevitable (for evidence of this I just look at my 2008 MacBook Pro, whose ominous multicolored spinning wheel has since yielded the replacement of the laptop with two more MacBooks and an iPad). So what does this have to do with Android POS and its evolution? Can it withstand the unavoidable nature of the free market combined with the unparalleled acceleration of technological advances?
Hardware vs. software
Companies that sell hardware and software have two forces working for (or against) them. Hardware itself is typically a loss-leader, while software and its upgrades are the bread and butter for said companies. As more individuals and industries embrace mobile platforms, it is widely predicted amongst leading economists that the tablet will soon replace the laptop completely. While Apple is in the doldrums (relative to its peak price) on the NASDAQ exchange, Google remains nearly at its zenith within the broader stock market. Why is this? One theory is that Google has best positioned itself to the larger global market because of the availability of Android POS to everyone.
Planned obsolescence or planning for the future?
Android POS, like all hardware and software, is vulnerable to the forces of planned obsolescence combined with competitors. Just as Apple has since been dethroned from its much-touted status as the most valuable company in the world (ExxonMobil, to my chagrin, now holds that title), Google’s mobile platform will try to continue to live up to its hype. The difference between other companies’ POS and Android POS is that the majority of the world supports Android POS. While iPhones and iPads may dominate the American smartphone landscape, smartphones and tablets running on Android far surpass the competition globally.
All evidence points to the likelihood that Android POS isn”t going anywhere, for the following reasons:
- It eliminates the need for hardware and runs on an open platform
- All you need is an Android tablet.
- Android POS software on your tablet integrates your accounting, merchant services, inventory, and sales logistics seamlessly.
- It provides enhanced security for your personal data, and will not modify or erase any files.
- Best of all, Android POS software saves clients time and businesses money, thus resulting in greater customer loyalty.