What Can an Android Point-of-Sale System Do?
Android POS systems are tablet-based systems that run on the Android platform. Most systems have apps that you download to your Android tablet, though some companies sell the tablets or proprietary equipment with the POS software preloaded on them. The tablet connects to or is used alongside the card reader or terminal provided by your payment processor. The POS system records sales transactions and generates reports that help you analyze your business's performance. Many include additional features that help you run your business, such as inventory and customer management tools.
You can connect the tablets to POS hardware such as receipt printers, cash drawers and tablet stands to create a countertop checkout station. Many systems also allow you to add more tablets or phones as well as peripherals such as barcode scanners to the system.
Many POS systems are designed to be used by either retail businesses or restaurants; however, some companies offer solutions for multiple business types, including retail, restaurants, and service-based businesses like salons and spas. Some POS companies offer systems that cater to specific types of retail business, such as clothing stores, florists or jewelry boutiques. All of the Android POS systems we reviewed offer a retail solution; these are often also suitable for counter-serve restaurants. Half of the systems can also be used by full-service restaurants. If you want more options for restaurant POS systems, check out our review. If you're looking for a credit card processing company to use with your Android POS system, we've got a review for that as well. Our articles about POS systems and payment processing can help you learn more about these topics.