A recent poll on the BrisBIM home page (since changed) confirmed an interesting trend in mobile devices for AEC. The rise in popularity of Android based phones and tablets is clear, now just outnumbering the once dominant Apple devices.
These statistics are reinforced by the fact that Autodesk recently announced that FormIT is coming to the Android platform. I’m still unsure of the best direction for businesses to head though. At another recent Autodesk event aimed at construction, looking at tools such as BIM 360 Glue and BIM 360 Field, Autodesk suggested that they had no plans to release these apps for the Android platform and instead were considering porting them to Windows 8.
Their reasoning is that many larger companies are completely avoiding Android with IT departments worried about controlling security vulnerabilities within a corporate environment. Alternatively Windows 8 appears to be a much better fit for business. This still leaves us with the fact that iOS is the first platform supported, but some Windows based companies remain very anti-Apple. Obviously if Apple is compatible with your IT environment, it is an easier choice.
I can understand why Autodesk is releasing some conceptual design apps such as FormIT on Android, because they are used in very early stages of a project, where as other apps such as BIM 360 Glue and BIM 360 Field are used much later in a project by large teams. Their use isn’t as casual.
Perhaps this changes your perspective on device selection? Of course this is just my interpretation of unconfirmed information, but it certainly is food for thought.
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