Windows 8 POS mobile device adoption is expected to grow at a much higher in 2014 than iOS and Android, according to IHL Group.
The research firm puts the worldwide figure at 128.4%, while in North America, Windows 8 devices are projected to grow 183.9%.
iOS is expected to grow slower than the overall market for 2014 , while Android will increase 104.6%.
Shipments of new mobile POS device shipments are expected to grow more than 95% worldwide and will surpass 108% growth in North America in 2014.
Motorola Solutions, HP and MICROS are showing the greatest shipment growth potential in 2014, in some cases tripling the growth rate over the previous year.
“Apple had first mover advantage, particularly when Square provided an easy-to-use credit card reader that would work with any iPhone or iPad,” said Greg Buzek, president of IHL Group. “But the larger enterprises predominantly use Windows for the POS; and thus, Microsoft Windows 8 and also more ruggedised devices have a much greater opportunity against Apple as the devices are adopted across hundreds or thousands of stores and must integrate with existing systems.”
Mobile POS began as a smaller retailer phenomenon in widespread adoption but has quickly been adopted by larger enterprise organisations, says the global research and advisory firm.
Delta Airlines, for example, announced in 2013 that its 19,000 flight attendants had started using Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone 8 handsets with an Avanade POS experience on the Microsoft Dynamics for Retail mobile POS platform.
In addition, the impact on traditional POS installs locations varies widely by retail segment. There is greater adoption in segments that include apparel and less in those segments characterised by high-volume consumer goods.
“The move to mobile POS in certain segments is radically changing the face of retail and hospitality, particularly mall-based retailers,” said “The number of devices used by Department Stores, Apparel and Shoe stores in particular will nearly triple this year.”
The form factor of these devices is also likely to change; currently many hardware companies offer ten-inch, seven-inch and five-inch devices.
Currently, almost two-third of current mobile POS devices are in a form factor of less than five-inch screen (phones).
The move in 2014 is much more to the phablet and tablet size. In North America, almost two thirds of all new mobile POS will be on phablet or larger screens in 2014.
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