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6 Vital Areas to Consider when Sourcing Android Tablets and Smartphones

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Nov 2017

6 Vital Areas to Consider when Sourcing Android Tablets and Smartphones

In hardware-manufacturing By Samantha

We’ve encountered countless customers with the idea that sourcing products in China is simple; go to Alibaba or Global Sources, find a supplier and order your product. This idea is more or less correct, but the results vary, seemingly with a high percentage of customers having bad experiences and financial loss, even as Chinese suppliers […]

Android and IoT – An (almost) Perfect Match

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Oct 2017

Android and IoT – An (almost) Perfect Match

In hardware-manufacturing By Samantha

Hatch has started working on IoT projects involving both Android and embedded MCU platforms. Therefore we’re often comparing in which scenarios each platform delivers a better result. In May I brought you an article explaining the Advantages of using USSD for IoT. This month I’ll cover in what scenarios Android is the right platform for […]

The First Step to Success with your Android Product Development

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Sep 2017

The First Step to Success with your Android Product Development

In hardware-manufacturing By Samantha

What’s an Engineering Assessment and why it is necessary to a successful finished product? If you’ve been involved at any stage of the production of a custom Android device (or any product), from concept to development to manufacturing, you will know about the hurdles that come up along the way. Your workload during the development […]

The Most Important Hardware Article that you Will Read

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Aug 2017

The Most Important Hardware Article that you Will Read

In Blog hardware-manufacturing By Samantha

In this article I cover many manufacturing issues, questions and concerns that most people have (or will come across) when it comes to making tech hardware. Over the last few years, Hatch’s hardware blog has aimed to provide its readers and subscribers with the most relevant and up to date information with regards to hardware […]

The Do or Die of Shenzhen Manufacturing: A Niche to Scratch

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Jul 2017

The Do or Die of Shenzhen Manufacturing: A Niche to Scratch

In Blog hardware-manufacturing By Samantha

You’ve heard Shenzhen’s story: sleepy fishing village to mega-city. Only forty-or-so years and the ‘experimental zone’ that drank a rocket-fuel mixture of capitalism and ‘if you build it’ attitude already ranks next to the nation’s capital. It’s also a case study in China’s manufacturing growth – from the spectacular growth of the 80s, 90s and […]

Explaining OTA Updates for Android

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Jun 2017

Explaining OTA Updates for Android

In hardware-manufacturing By Samantha

What is OTA/FOTA? OTA stands for Over the Air (FOTA – Firmware Over the Air). It refers to the wireless delivery of new or updated software or firmware to devices such as smartphones and tablets. OTA can be used with Android, Apple, Microsoft, and virtually all other connected devices (such as tablets, smartphones, PC’s, and […]

Overview of USSD for IoT

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May 2017

Overview of USSD for IoT

In Blog hardware-manufacturing By Samantha

What is USSD? Unstructured Supplementary Service Data or USSD, is a protocol used by GSM cellular devices (like a cell phone or M2M product) for bilateral communication between the device and the mobile network provider’s computers. USSD is commonly used for balance checking, adjusting mobile account settings, and adding credit. Anytime mobile phone users dial […]

Lessons from Custom Device Manufacturing

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Apr 2017

Lessons from Custom Device Manufacturing

In hardware-manufacturing By Samantha

Working on custom Android tablets and smartphones brings about its challenges and lessons. It’s often the case that the custom tablet or smartphone will be the first device of its kind meaning that at least bits of its development are not only new for you, but for everyone involved. Prototyping is one of the most […]

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Mar 2017

Rugged Tablet Testing

In hardware-manufacturing By Samantha

Last month’s article looked at what makes a rugged Android tablet or smartphone different from a standard Android tablet or smartphone by highlighting the most popular standards and rating systems. IP Ratings (International Protection Rating), NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association), and MIL-STD-810G (Military Standard) were all covered, and this month, we will look at some […]

MIL-STD, NEMA, IP rating: What makes a device rugged?

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Feb 2017

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