Android is a relatively new technology in the realm of digital signage. Being a mobile-first operating system, it’s easy to understand why it’s quickly becoming a popular choice for schools and organizations as their digital signage technology of choice.
Let’s go over some of the benefits Android-powered digital signage has to offer.
Cost is a key reason why Android digital signage is becoming a popular choice. The Android operating system is free and open source which reduces overall licensing costs.
Additionally, smart TVs that come pre-configured with Android make for a simpler and less expensive digital signage system. Most notably, the absence of a stand-alone digital signage media player cuts down hardware costs considerably. Traditional digital signage systems require organizations to purchase sets of displays, media players, and software licenses which can quickly scale up project costs.
Android was originally intended to be a smartphone operating system. However, as each version of the operating system has improved, as well as its ability to service different devices and use cases, Android has proved itself to be a reliable choice as a digital signage operating system.
Due to the intense competition between iOS and Android, both mobile operating systems have become incredibly stable - which is vital for digital signage 24/7 uptime requirements. The added plus for Android users is that integration with Google applications is flawless and provides a seamless user experience.
A unique feature of Android digital signage systems is its ability to power digital signage using almost any kind of device. For instance, a simple Android-powered dongle can operate a digital signage display. One could even use a mobile phone, smart TV, or a stand-alone digital signage media player.
Another useful feature of Android is that it can be connected to cloud-based digital signage software by either a WiFi or cellular connection. This makes Android particularly advantageous for remote and outdoor applications.
“We have used Rise Vision for over 5 years, running on Chromeboxes and large TV monitors. It has greatly improved our communication with our students on a daily basis. It has also allowed us to provide a great first impression to our visitors, and provide them with helpful information about special events taking place in our school building.”
Android is certainly a tempting solution for digital signage. The price and flexibility alone make it extremely attractive as the core technology of choice for a new digital signage system.
Depending on the application and the operating requirements of the digital signage system, certain digital signage technologies and hardware choices may be better than others. For instance, a smart TV could be a poor choice for a digital signage system that is required to run 24/7. The average smart TV isn’t designed to operate continuously. In other scenarios (at an office front desk for example) it could be the perfect choice.
If you ever have questions on what digital signage technologies your school or organization should choose, please contact us and we’ll be happy to guide you.
Rise Vision is a digital signage content management system and scheduling software. We’ve been in business since 1992 and have pioneered cloud-based digital signage software. Let’s go over some of the benefits of why Rise Vision is a good choice for any institution considering Android digital signage:
Rise Vision is cloud-based software that provides a huge advantage for any organization that is using digital signage. Gone are the days of having to install and update software, where IT or staff are required to be physically present at each device.
Rise Vision can automatically install software updates to any device in the world as long as that device is connected to the Internet. Additionally, all content and scheduling can be done remotely from any computer in the world simply by logging into risevision.com. No desktop software required!
As well as working with Android, Rise Vision can work with Linux, Windows, Raspberry Pi, and Chrome operating systems. If your school or organization ever needs to switch to another technology, Rise Vision can make the transition seamlessly.
“Rise Vision's software allows us to easily promote important events around campus to a wide audience. The interface is very user friendly and those in charge of the screens are able to update and manage the content shared very easily.”