Google’s Nexus 7 Tablet: A Boon for Retail POS?
Google recently introduced its second generation Nexus 7 tablet, powered by Qualcomm Inc.’s Snapdragon processor. While clearly designed for a consumer market, the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean device can effectively be used for companies with retail or kiosk point of sale (POS) systems, according to Hugo Barra, VP of Android product management for Google.
With Android activations approaching 10 million at the end of 2012, Google predicts 70 million Android activations by the end of this year.
Barra promotes this latest model as being a “more comfortable and powerful” version which is significantly thinner, lighter, and slimmer than previous versions. It offers the same 7-inch screen as the Nexus 7 introduced a year ago, but is upgraded to a 1920 x 1200 display with pixel density of 323 per inch. The result is a sharper text and a wider range of colors. Google offers three versions of its new tablet: a 16GB Wi-Fi model, 32GB Wi-Fi model, and 32GB 4G LTE model.
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The operating system is the Android 4.3, which will be a benefit to small and medium-sized business owners seeking POS solutions, both mobile and in fixed environments. The multi-user support can be beneficial to any business owner with multiple locations seeking to centralize data collection and reporting.
Creating multiple user accounts on the same tablet is a potentially huge benefit for businesses, not the least of those mobilizing their workforce on a shoestring budget. Each tablet user has their own section for saving apps and data, and also allows for customization of home screen and apps. At the same time, if one user has already downloaded an app, it’s available on another user’s tablet. This could be an important feature for sales staff handling customers at POS in both retail stores and kiosks, saving time and enhancing accuracy.
The advantages of the Nexus 7 for business owners are many. First, the 7-inch screen size and light weight make it convenient to carry while talking to customers in the store, mall or market. It easily fits into a sports jacket pocket. Resolution is clear and ample, and the display size allows for low-volume product browsing and selling. The 10-hour battery allows for a full day of sales. A nice feature is speech-to-text, so products can be located by talking to the tablet. And the price is moderate, starting around $230, allowing business owners to equip more staff with the technology. No installation, maintenance or risk seems evident, and the software is scalable. For a solution to getting sales people on the floor, off the cash register, this tablet is one to consider.
The mobile applications are also especially beneficial as a POS solution for companies that sell at outdoor markets, such as Farmers’ Markets, food trucks and even lemonade stands; door to door; or while travelling.
The Nexus 7 is available at multiple consumer retailers, both on-line and brick and mortar. For more information, visit www.google.com/nexus/7/
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