TabShop the free Android tablet and phone till and shop management app celebrates its third year within the Android play store. With over 35K users worldwide and 250K downloads during these three years TabShop stays on top of the Android business app charts. TabShop offers a flexible and modern way to personalize his own business and to checkout invoices no matter where you are offering your products or services. TabShop point of sales rich feature set allows its use within a broad spectrum of business from mobile kiosks to restaurants and bars.
As you all may know, also Amazon operates a global marketplace for Android Apps, as their Kindle Fire eBook devices are based on Android OS and are capable of running normal Android Apps too. So for me it was clear that TabShop Point of Sale should also be available through Amazon.
Since today TabShop also successfully received the global Amazon clearance, with all tests and reviews positively passed.
Now you are able to even convert your own eBook Kindle Fire device into a full Point of Sale cashier systems. Amazon has done a great job with offering ebooks and apps on their own Kinde Fire Android device and i think it is a cool device for converting into a retail cashier system.
TabShop POS is a lightweight POS kiosk cashier solution for small and medium sized stores, kiosks and individual shops. Convert your Android Tablet into an intuitive and easy to use POS cashier system that saves you time, money and trouble. This Android Tablet POS software offers full configuration of local taxes, individual discounts and products.
Easily scan products by using the normal EAN or QR barcodes on your Android Tablet or click on an item to add it to your invoice list.
TabShop POS main features are:
– Manage Products and Product Categories
– Manage Taxes
– Manage Discounts
– Select Products by Scanning EAN or QR Barcodes
– Create Invoices with unique Invoice Number
– Print Invoices as PDF
– Print ASCII Invoices to Network Printer
The Chinese company Onyx, which is mainly known by their Onyx-Boox ebook readers, announced these days to publish an Android smartphone that integrates an e-Ink touch display. To use e-Ink displays has several advantages as well as some major negative aspects too. As many e-Ink based ebook readers already proved, e-Ink displays offer great readability in direct sunlight. The perfect contrast of e-Ink displays is not comparable with traditional displays. Also the fact that e-Ink displays can show and persist scenes over days without using energy is a really cool feature that helps to run the Onyx smartphone for at least a week without reloading. Negative aspects of e-Ink displays are the low update frequencies and very reduced color capabilities at best, which makes it hard or even impossible to use e-Inks for multimedia applications. This Onyx phone is definitely not the best choice for multimedia evangelists but it could prove a valuable design for outdoor purposes, passionate e-book readers, travelers or elderly people with debility of sight.
Today i purchased the RealVNC VNC Viewer for Android based devices, in order to test the compatibility with my MobileVNC Windows CE based VNC server. RealVNC takes €7.55 for this piece of software, which is quite high compared to the typical prices within the Google Play marketplace. Despite my initial fears, the RealVNC VNC Viewer successfully connected to my Windows CE 4.1 embedded thin client device without any complains and i was able to remote control my embedded device by using the touchscreen of my Samsung Nexus Android smartphone. The movement of the remote mouse pointer is shown by a small pixel on the smartphone, according to the fact that every touch is converted to a relative mouse movement, which works really good. See some screenshot of my experiment with RealVNC Android Viewer App in combination with our MobileVNC server and a HP t5000 Windows CE 4.1 thin client.
A clever move by Samsung, after they lost over a billion$ to Apple in court, is to spread Google’s Open Source Android operating system to as many different devices as possible. One of these devices was published this week in form of a new Samsung Galaxy Camera. Samsung is the next big vendor after Nikon and Polaroid that publishes an Android based Camera device. Samsung Galaxy Camera offers a 16 magapixel cmos chip and 21x optical zoom. Samsung Galaxy Camera already ships with the recent Android version Jelly Bean 4.1.
Due to the fact that Android offers access to a large amount of software and apps, the Samsung Galaxy Camera offers a collection of software features, such as to allow users to organize their photos in folders directly on the camera.
I just released a tiny and quite useful Android app that is able to open a HTTP server socket on your Android device, in order to serve you a simple HTML5 page that shows the actual smartphone camera output. This is a really simple possibility to get the camera output of your smartphone where ever you can open a browser. If you register a dyn dns name for your smartphones IP you can even refer to your smartphones camera worldwide. I wrote this tiny app in order to get the camera image of an old Android device that is sitting on top of my NXT Lego Mindstorms mobile robot! The HTML5Cam Android app is completely free, so try it for yourself from here.
Google recently launched MyTracks in version 2.0. MyTracks supports bikers and runners to keept track of theyr running activities and routes. It was also used by the Team HTC-Columbia during the Tour de France, in order to track the realtime route of the different bikers. MyTracks offers all necessary tour statistics and provides useful integration interfaces for Google Earth and other systems. You can use Google MyTracks as a free app on your Smartphone. See following screenshots taken from MyTracks app:
Similar apps for tracking outdoor activities are: Endomondo and Runtastic. I love Endomondo to tracking my mountain bike tours, where i usually take my daughter with me in a children’s bike seat. Following screenshots show some features of Endomondo, such as tracking tours and workouts, analytics, diagrams, community sharing and many more.
Pocket Change, a startup offering a virtual currency platform for Android games, has raised $5 million in a Series A round of funding by Google Venture.
The startup specifies on the creation of a common currency that works across all mobile Android platforms. It should be the currency that games use to sell theyr gimmicks and add-ons. Theyr mission is to build the world’s first universal virtual currency (i hope the value lasts longer than the Linden Dollar 😉 ). Several 100 games have already integrated this virtual currency, by which Pocket Change reaches around 2 M people.
PocketTV a new project on kickstarter wants to build an Android based device on an USB stick, that transforms your ordinary TV set into a Web and network enabled Smart TV. The device promises HDTV video streaming, gaming as well as to play games or even to download and use thousands of Android applications from Googles Play marketplace.