It wasn't that long ago when "android" was not a computer operating system! The term can be found as far back as 1863 in US patents for human-like miniature automated toys. Until recently, androids were mainly confined to the world of science fiction with perhaps the most memorable and notable appearance being in Star Trek. Androids have been depicted as (on the outside) more human in appearance than Robots with robot-like internal workings. In summary an android is an automaton that resembles a human being…. or is it?
AFD Names & Numbers for Android™
In the autumn issue of Postcode News we announced the launch of the AFD Software Developer Kit for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch mobile devices. Now, this spring, we are launching Names & Numbers ready for the Google Android operating system – with more products in the pipeline.
In January 2013 Android market share stood at 52.3% and the AFD solutions will work on the most popular and current versions including Gingerbread (2.3) Honeycomb (3) Ice Cream Sandwich (4) Jelly Bean (4.1 & 4.2). If the version you use isn't here, please ask and we'll see what we can do.
About Names & Numbers
Established for over 15 years, Names & Numbers makes the entry and validation of name, address and telephone number details quick, easy and accurate. 42 million people (many with telephone numbers) and 2 million organisations (1.6 million with telephone number, business description etc.), make Names & Numbers a comprehensive solution for finance, marketing, tracing and many other purposes.
The mobile version of Names & Numbers is used extensively in the retail, security and transport sectors. The recent releases for iOS and Android reflect increasing demand for AFD products on those platforms and build on the established success of AFD solutions for Windows Mobile.
Why install when you can call?
We said this in the autumn but it's worth remembering – with easy access to mobile networks it is natural to think that there is no need to install software on smart phones or tablets. To a certain extent this is true and we have many customers who call AFD products via our hosted services from all types of mobile devices including those which run Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows Phone.
Unpredictable Network Access
However, you may be surprised to know that mobile network availability and speed is not predictable – even in central London. The resulting delays in accessing or validating data really do cause organisations problems. This is why so many already choose to install AFD solutions for name, address and bank data validation directly onto smart phones and tablets.
To learn more please visit www.afd.co.uk/names
To discuss your requirements and arrange a personal demonstration please call 01624 811711.