Last Updated: April 8, 2014
Tablet-based point-of-sale (POS) systems are becoming increasingly popular among merchants seeking to cut hardware costs, but it can be difficult for some business owners to decide on what kind of tablet to use. Despite the fact that Android tablets made up over 70% of tablet sales for the third quarter of 2013, most mobile POS providers are primarily or exclusively developing products for the iPad or iPhone. Because of this, Android merchants will need to weigh the lower cost of an Android device against the likelihood that they will have a limited number of tablet POS options.
Even with a restricted selection, Android users stand to benefit from many of the same innovations that are available to iPad merchants. In addition to simple credit card processing, Android POS systems can provide advanced sales analytics, real-time data tracking, cloud-based device syncing, customizable features, and other backend features.
If you are considering switching to a tablet-based POS system, you should be sure to research which providers can offer the features and pricing that will be best for your business type. In the space below, we have compiled a list of ten Android POS system providers that specialize in various industries.
Please note that CardPaymentOptions.com has not assessed the security of the following point-of-sale systems. This list also does not constitute an endorsement of any kind by CardPaymentOptions.com, and the order in which these businesses are listed does not imply a ranking of any sort. This list is simply a resource for merchants who are trying to find Android POS system providers. Merchants are strongly encouraged to research the pricing and services offered by these providers before agreeing to their terms.
Vend (vendhq.com) began in 2010 as an New Zealand-based POS provider but has since expanded to the U.S., Australia, Canada, and the UK. The company’s POS software is compatible with iPad and Android (Honeycomb or better) and is integrated with Element, Authorize.net, Tyro, Payment Express, and PayPal. Vend offers support for external hardware, customizable receipts, product and inventory management, customer profiling, sales reports, loyalty programs, and a number of add-ons for additional services. Merchants should note, however, that Vend does not include printer support for Android tablets at this time. The company’s service packages go for monthly costs of $0/month (Extra Small), $35/month (Small), $59/month (Medium), $85/month (Large), and $169/month (Extra Large). Neither CardPaymentOptions.com nor the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has a profile for Vend.
Founded in 2007, SalesVu (salesvu.com) is an Austin, Texas-based software provider that has partnered with Mercury Payment Systems to offer a full POS system for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices (version 4.0 or better). As of March 2014, SalesVu has suspended development and support for Android tablets, but the company will continue to offer service for Android phones. SalesVu’s free POS app comes with a free card reader and allows for Quickbooks integration, end-of-shift reports, labor tracking, recurring billing, barcode scanning, automated discounts, tip adjusting, split checks, and invoicing. The company’s service also comes with a free, customizable e-commerce website and telephone support. SalesVu currently receives an “A+” from CardPaymentOptions.com, and although the company does not have a Better Business Bureau (BBB) profile at this time, the BBB profile for Mercury Payment Systems is showing an “A+” rating.
Posandro (posandro.com) is a UK-based tablet POS provider specializing in Android devices. The Posandro POS system is available both for tablets and for mobile phones, and it offers multiple device synchronization, inventory management, emailed or wirelessly printed receipts, and hourly backups. Posandro is available for a free 14-day trial before a merchant must decide whether to buy the Silver package ($24/month), the Gold package ($45/month plus $16 for each device), or the Platinum package (negotiable cost). We do not have a review for Posandro at this time, and the BBB does not maintain a profile for the company.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AccuPOS (accupos.com) is a software company that specializes in point-of-sale systems for Android. The company’s POS system includes integration with Quickbooks or Sage accounting software, mobile ordering and checkout, inventory management, and limited hardware integration. The AccuPOS website does not appear to list very much specific information at all about the product, as there is no clear breakdown of pricing, associated merchant accounts, supported hardware, or customer support options. We do not have a review of AccuPOS at this time, and the BBB appears to be in the process of updating its AccuPOS profile.
Registroid (registroid.com) is a point-of-sale system designed specifically for Android tablets. The company, which is based in Mobile, Alabama, offers seat-specific order tracking, loyalty programs, gift card acceptance, split ticket support, keyboard customization, and customer profiling. Registroid can be integrated with merchant accounts from Total Merchant Services, Merchant Warehouse, or Mercury Payments, and it also supports payment apps like Square and GoPayment. The free version of the Registroid app is available in the Google Play store, and the company offers enhanced service packages for restaurants and retailer for $45 per month. Neither CardPaymentOptions.com nor the BBB has a review for Registroid at this time.
AirPOS (airpointofsale.com) is a POS system provider headquartered in Northern Ireland. The company’s mobile software works for iPads, Windows devices, and Android devices. AirPOS offers an offline mode, hardware compatibility, inventory management, customer profiling, parked sales, discounts, customizable receipts, and on-the-spot refunds. The free version of AirPOS does not come with integrated credit card processing but its Advanced and Multi-Channel service tiers do include attached merchant accounts. All versions of AirPOS are available for a 30-day trial with no commitment. CardPaymentOptions.com does not currently have a review for AirPOS, and the BBB does not appear to keep records on the company at this time.
Based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Hummingbird POS (hummingbirdpos.com) is a POS system optimized for the restaurant industry. The service is available for iPad and Android devices, and it provides wireless ticketing, reporting, a messaging system, seat management, wireless printing, custom menus, and forced modifiers. The Hummingbird POS comes with a payment gateway through MercuryGate, USA ePay, or TGate, but a merchant can integrate his or her own merchant account with the service for a cost of $250. Hummingbird’s software is currently available for $50/month, and the company also sells hardware that is compatible with Android and iPad tablets. CardPaymentOptions.com has not yet reviewed Hummingbird POS, but the BBB currently awards the company an “A-” rating.
Squirrel Systems (squirrelsystems.com) is a POS provider based in Burnaby, British Columbia. The company offers mobile POS solutions for Android, Windows, and iPad as an extension of its overall service. The Squirrel Systems POS software appears to be intended as a complement to traditional POS hardware, functioning as a secondary or backup register that can be moved throughout a location as needed. Squirrel Systems offers back office software, integrated credit card processing, menu configuration, a table map, reservations, and inventory management. The company appears to provide custom pricing for its services. Neither CardPaymentOptions.com nor the BBB has a profile for Squirrel Systems at this time.
A San Francisco-based company, GoPago (gopago.com) supplies POS software for Android tablets but not Apple devices. The company’s tablet-based point-of-sale system provides sales reporting, loyalty programs, integrated credit card processing, labor tracking, and various hardware peripherals. GoPago is $69/month (not including hardware) and includes free live 24/7 support. The service can be integrated with multiple credit card processors, including Paymentech, Vantiv, and First Data. CardPaymentOptions.com does not provide a grade for GoPago as of this writing, and the BBB also does not appear to maintain a profile for the company.
Located in Austin, Texas, ZingCheckout (zingcheckout.com) is a POS provider that offers software for iPad, Android, Mac, or PC. ZingCheckout’s features include digital receipts, integration with Bigcommerce and MailChimp, customizable themes, discounts, barcode scanner support, sales reporting, and product organization. The service can be integrated with a merchant’s existing merchant account, or ZingCheckout can establish one with a preferred provider. ZingCheckout’s full service is available for $49 per month and requires no long-term contract. Neither CardPaymentOptions.com nor the BBB maintains a profile for ZingCheckout at this point in time.
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