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There are various choices for kiosk operating systems, including Windows, Android, & Chrome OS. There are pros and cons for each option.
In previous articles, we’ve discussed the benefits and drawbacks of Windows, Android, and iOS for your kiosk deployment. But in more recent years, a new option has entered the market.
Chrome OS is a relatively new player in the operating system market. Benefits include a low cost and simple feature set. Drawbacks include a small number of features, limited hardware options, no support for external devices, and Google’s restricted access to device settings for configuration.
Chromebooks tend to offer a less powerful processor than many Windows options, and lower storage limits. They are a great solution for an internet kiosk, allowing users to interact with an allowed list of webpages. Android devices offer positives and negatives as well.
Android is a low-cost option that also has some device support, though not as extensive as that found in Windows. Some negatives for Android include the many form factors available for devices, and the frequent hardware changes required to keep up with tablet technology, as companies like Samsung change form frequently. This makes it difficult for hardware enclosure companies to keep up.
Chromebooks and other Chrome OS devices being secured for public use are typically set up as a desktop PC or common laptop for students or patrons to access as a public internet computer. Thus far, kiosk hardware has not been in high demand for these devices, given their typical use-case in library or school settings.
Each operating system has advantages and disadvantages when used in a public access environment.
The best solution for your deployment will depend on factors such as:
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