Android media players are grabbing an increasingly large portion of the digital signage market while Windows PCs are relegated to video wall and niche applications. Why is that?
Android media players offer several economical, and technological advantages over Windows PCs.
Android media players cost a lot less than your typical Windows PC. For starters, media players for Android don’t require the same level of customizability or expandability. You never need to upgrade a device’s RAM or GPU, and most them include SD media slot in case you ever want to increase data storage capacity. Media players that run on Android can fulfil every digital signage user’s needs right out of the box.
There is no “Windows tax” with Android media players because Android OS is based on an open-source operating system. As anyone knows, the cost of a Windows OS license can add significantly to each PC that you deploy out in the field and this can have a significant impact on your finances.
Everyone knows about the dreaded Windows “blue screen of death”. It’s one reason why media player for Android have really taken off in popularity. Android is a proven mobile operating system that powers most of the world’s smartphones and tablets.
Since most digital signage players operate 24/7, reliability is a top requirement. Android media players have proven to be extremely reliable, especially purpose-build devices like Navori’s STiX media players. Look for Android media players that are designed and engineered for digital signal use.
Ease of deployment
Android media players use solid state construction and a fully integrated architecture, so they take up less space, and are more energy efficient than Windows PCs. While there are mini-PCs and PC sticks that run on Windows, they tend to be low-powered devices with limited capabilities that can only perform basic digital signage tasks.
Android media players for digital signage are “plug and play” devices that require minimal configuration compared to Windows PCs. It’s a huge advantage for people who are new to digital signage, or those who need to deploy large numbers of digital signage players.
Professional-grade Android media players, like the Navori STiX, can outperform many well-equipped Windows PCs. These media players can support complex multi-screen installations and play 4K content at blazing speeds. While Windows PCs can be used for multi-screen signage, they require expensive video cards and additional memory.
Most Android media players support Wi-Fi and some even include a RJ-45 port for wired network connections. Navori’s STiX media player offers both options and an external Wi-Fi antenna for even greater versatility.
Media players for Android also support interactivity when used with a compatible touchscreen such as is the case with tablets, making them instant kiosk devices. Interactive applications are easy to develop and deploy on Android device compared to Windows PC-based kiosks.
Media players are only as good as the software that drives them. QL Player is available for Android, Windows, Brightsign, Samsung Tizen and many other System-on-Chip displays. QL Content Manager can operate in mixed environments where there are different types of media player devices, delivering the same feature and performance across each platform.