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Choose the right hardware for your purpose-built software

The innovator’s guide to fleet transformation
Choosing the right hardware for your dedicated fleet can be overwhelming. The first step is often deciding whether to buy, customize, or build custom. Use this guide to learn about the hardware continuum and which Android hardware is best for your use case.
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Discover how to find your best-fit hardware easily

  • Overview of AOSP and GMS 
  • Quick reference selection guide
  • Detailed overviews of key decision factors including app and hardware compatibility, hardware design, and OS maintenance
  • How Esper can support you throughout your hardware journey
Overview of hardware types, from off-the-shelf to custom design
Key things to consider when choosing your hardware
Quick reference selection cheat sheets
Situations best suited for each hardware type
What your app doesn’t need — avoid these pitfalls!
How Esper can support your hardware journey
Myth
Android offers a poor end user experience
Android isn’t affordable — it’s cheap
Android is a cybersecurity risk
Android devices have short lifespans, so you’ll have to replace them sooner
Android hardware is inferior, isn’t it? And aren’t I stuck with ARM?
vs
Reality
Android can and does power world-class device UX — but your approach matters
Android is the ideal platform for end-to-end fleet OpEx management
Android offers enterprise grade security — and the keys are in your hands
Android enables agile fleet evolution — but you need a partner to leverage it well
Android hardware is whatever you want it to be (including x86, with Esper)

Discover how to find your best-fit hardware easily

  • Overview of AOSP and GMS 
  • Quick reference selection guide
  • Detailed overviews of key decision factors including app and hardware compatibility, hardware design, and OS maintenance
  • How Esper can support you throughout your hardware journey
Overview of hardware types, from off-the-shelf to custom design
Key things to consider when choosing your hardware
Quick reference selection cheat sheets
Situations best suited for each hardware type
What your app doesn’t need — avoid these pitfalls!
How Esper can support your hardware journey
Myth
Android offers a poor end user experience
Android isn’t affordable — it’s cheap
Android is a cybersecurity risk
Android devices have short lifespans, so you’ll have to replace them sooner
Android hardware is inferior, isn’t it? And aren’t I stuck with ARM?
vs
Reality
Android can and does power world-class device UX — but your approach matters
Android is the ideal platform for end-to-end fleet OpEx management
Android offers enterprise grade security — and the keys are in your hands
Android enables agile fleet evolution — but you need a partner to leverage it well
Android hardware is whatever you want it to be (including x86, with Esper)

Discover how to find your best-fit hardware easily

  • Overview of AOSP and GMS 
  • Quick reference selection guide
  • Detailed overviews of key decision factors including app and hardware compatibility, hardware design, and OS maintenance
  • How Esper can support you throughout your hardware journey
Overview of hardware types, from off-the-shelf to custom design
Key things to consider when choosing your hardware
Quick reference selection cheat sheets
Situations best suited for each hardware type
What your app doesn’t need — avoid these pitfalls!
How Esper can support your hardware journey
Myth
Android offers a poor end user experience
Android isn’t affordable — it’s cheap
Android is a cybersecurity risk
Android devices have short lifespans, so you’ll have to replace them sooner
Android hardware is inferior, isn’t it? And aren’t I stuck with ARM?
vs
Reality
Android can and does power world-class device UX — but your approach matters
Android is the ideal platform for end-to-end fleet OpEx management
Android offers enterprise grade security — and the keys are in your hands
Android enables agile fleet evolution — but you need a partner to leverage it well
Android hardware is whatever you want it to be (including x86, with Esper)

Discover how to find your best-fit hardware easily

  • Overview of AOSP and GMS 
  • Quick reference selection guide
  • Detailed overviews of key decision factors including app and hardware compatibility, hardware design, and OS maintenance
  • How Esper can support you throughout your hardware journey
Overview of hardware types, from off-the-shelf to custom design
Key things to consider when choosing your hardware
Quick reference selection cheat sheets
Situations best suited for each hardware type
What your app doesn’t need — avoid these pitfalls!
How Esper can support your hardware journey
Myth
Android offers a poor end user experience
Android isn’t affordable — it’s cheap
Android is a cybersecurity risk
Android devices have short lifespans, so you’ll have to replace them sooner
Android hardware is inferior, isn’t it? And aren’t I stuck with ARM?
vs
Reality
Android can and does power world-class device UX — but your approach matters
Android is the ideal platform for end-to-end fleet OpEx management
Android offers enterprise grade security — and the keys are in your hands
Android enables agile fleet evolution — but you need a partner to leverage it well
Android hardware is whatever you want it to be (including x86, with Esper)

Discover how to find your best-fit hardware easily

Overview of hardware types, from off-the-shelf to custom design
Key things to consider when choosing your hardware
Quick reference selection cheat sheets
Situations best suited for each hardware type
What your app doesn’t need — avoid these pitfalls!
How Esper can support your hardware journey
Myth
Android offers a poor end user experience
Android isn’t affordable — it’s cheap
Android is a cybersecurity risk
Android devices have short lifespans, so you’ll have to replace them sooner
Android hardware is inferior, isn’t it? And aren’t I stuck with ARM?
vs
Reality
Android can and does power world-class device UX — but your approach matters
Android is the ideal platform for end-to-end fleet OpEx management
Android offers enterprise grade security — and the keys are in your hands
Android enables agile fleet evolution — but you need a partner to leverage it well
Android hardware is whatever you want it to be (including x86, with Esper)

Discover how to find your best-fit hardware easily

Overview of hardware types, from off-the-shelf to custom design
Key things to consider when choosing your hardware
Quick reference selection cheat sheets
Situations best suited for each hardware type
What your app doesn’t need — avoid these pitfalls!
How Esper can support your hardware journey
Myth
Android offers a poor end user experience
Android isn’t affordable — it’s cheap
Android is a cybersecurity risk
Android devices have short lifespans, so you’ll have to replace them sooner
Android hardware is inferior, isn’t it? And aren’t I stuck with ARM?
vs
Reality
Android can and does power world-class device UX — but your approach matters
Android is the ideal platform for end-to-end fleet OpEx management
Android offers enterprise grade security — and the keys are in your hands
Android enables agile fleet evolution — but you need a partner to leverage it well
Android hardware is whatever you want it to be (including x86, with Esper)

What's inside this guide

Get all the information you need to find the right business model easily.
Overview of hardware types, from off-the-shelf to custom design
Key things to consider when choosing your hardware
Quick reference selection cheat sheets
Situations best suited for each hardware type
What your app doesn’t need — avoid these pitfalls!
How Esper can support your hardware journey

What's inside this guide

Get all the information you need to design your app easily.

Dedicated device problem scenario

Scenario

You want to build an app that works across GMS and AOSP

Esper Solution

Since you can't use the GMS dev tech stack in this scenario, Esper created the ability to support managed config across GMS and AOSP.
You get the tools to programmatically control your config and push out data payloads in a fine grained manner to apps running on your devices. With Esper you can group your devices and create a specific managed config for a certain set of devices, customers, etc.
Overview of hardware types, from off-the-shelf to custom design
Key things to consider when choosing your hardware
Quick reference selection cheat sheets
Situations best suited for each hardware type
What your app doesn’t need — avoid these pitfalls!
How Esper can support your hardware journey

What's inside this guide?

Selection cheat sheet

AOSP Vs GSM
Pro Tip
Pro-tip:
Our advice is don’t be afraid of a mixed fleet. Start with GMS and use AOSP as needed for complex or specific use cases. Choose the device type that will best satisfy your use case and, most importantly, create a seamless customer experience. 
Quick tip

Our advice: Does your device need the Google Play Store or Google Mobile Services (GMS)? Do you know? Most dedicated devices don’t need either, but many businesses end up unnecessarily paying for both of them — in time, money, and resources. Our guide can help you avoid this potentially costly mistake.

Quick tip

Our advice: Sticky customer relationships start with reliable infrastructure. If your customers can’t reliably access the experiences and services you provide, even the best device becomes a paperweight.

Learn from the dedicated device experts

Digital healthcare, or HealthTech, is accelerating at an unprecedented pace due to factors such as the need for remote care, decentralized clinical trials, and the power of connected wearable devices.
We’ve worked with numerous HealthTech organizations building anything from complex custom remote patient monitoring solutions to electronic clinical outcome assessment (eCOA) solutions for long-term decentralized clinical trials. In this ebook, we dive into five principles we’ve learned about building a strong foundation for your device fleet, so you can deftly navigate the inevitable challenges along the journey.

Learn from the dedicated device experts

Digital healthcare, or HealthTech, is accelerating at an unprecedented pace due to factors such as the need for remote care, decentralized clinical trials, and the power of connected wearable devices.
We’ve worked with numerous HealthTech organizations building anything from complex custom remote patient monitoring solutions to electronic clinical outcome assessment (eCOA) solutions for long-term decentralized clinical trials. In this ebook, we dive into five principles we’ve learned about building a strong foundation for your device fleet, so you can deftly navigate the inevitable challenges along the journey.

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Pro Tip
Pro-tip:

Most MDMs are built to accommodate smartphones and tablets, but far fewer offer compatibility with mPoS, kiosks, ruggedized devices, smart fitness equipment, and telehealth devices. A smart approach to hardware procurement is key to mobile security, and this process should involve learning whether devices are compatible with your MDM.

  • 0: MDM is a best fit solution (probably)
  • 1-3: MDM is not a best fit solution and may slow you down  
  • 4-7: MDM is a poor fit and will cause problems
  • 7+: MDM is inappropriate for your use case
57%
of respondents want a DevOps-based solution to help
speed up time to market for new services and improvements
55%
say they will use DevOps to help improve the user experience
of apps and services
33%
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About Esper

Esper is the only full-stack DevOps platform that provides seamless end-to-end management of dedicated devices within a stable, scalable, and flexible infrastructure. With robust capabilities for device lockdown, kiosk mode, remote control, over-the-air updates, deployment pipelines, and more, organizations can automate standard device operations and focus on innovation.

Regularly shipping software is essential for implementing customer feedback and creating customized experiences. Esper’s device infrastructure enables developers, mid-market organizations, and enterprise fleets of 100,000+ devices to deliver their software as a service regardless of hardware. Esper has rapidly-growing global customer adoption among some of the world’s most innovative major brands in retail, hospitality, logistics, healthcare, education, and more.

Picking the right management partner is crucial to growth

If your devices won’t work how you need them to with your MDM, you’re paying for software that costs you time instead of saving it. The same can be said if it kind of works but it’s holding you back — when you can’t scale because of your management software, there’s a problem.  

That’s why Esper exists. If you realize that MDM isn’t a good fit for your needs, give us a shout. We’re here to help and show you why Esper is better Android device management.

Quick tip

Did you know? Your MDM’s security practices start at the cloud level and extend all the way to the user experience. The devices, app experience, and network practices all play a critical role in proper MDM security. 

How Esper powers the retail industry

Esper is leading retail mobility

Whether your retail experience is mobile-first or mobile-by-necessity, uses AOSP or GMS devices, needs Windows-to-Android migration, or relies on hybrid fleets, Esper can do it.

Purpose-built for dedicated device fleets

Purpose-built for dedicated device fleets making it easy to securely scale hundreds to 100,000 of devices using automated provisioning templates and precise control at the group or subgroup levels.

More time building, less fixing

Fully remote device management, remote provisioning, debugging, and updates. Proof-of-concept delivery in weeks, not months, and a wide range of enhanced validated hardware from the most trusted Android brands. Our platform passes the industry’s most rigorous security testing.

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