I’ve been saying for a while that I think Android is set to be the more significant Tablet Operating System in aviation. One of the main reasons for this was that I predicted that a ruggedised device suitable especially for the MRO and engineering environment will be an Android device.

Well, it has come as no surprise to me that I was right.

Yesterday Panasonic announced that they are set to release an addition to their Toughbook range which fills the market void with an enterprise grade rugged tablet. Details of the Panasonic Tough Tablet are patchy at this moment in time, but the propsed device will feature a 10.1″ XGA multi touch display, will have better outdoor reading properties similar to dedicated eReaders like the Amazon Kindle and will feature a stylus… ideal for all those fiddly, cluttered ERP and MRO applications we are blessed with.

I expect the device will be fully able to survive being dunked in Skydrol and dropped from the wing of an A380.  See here for yesterday’s press release.

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Author: Paul Saunders