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Android

Amidst all the talk of Apple this and iOS that, you can't forget about Google Android as a market force, ScanSource's Dixon said.

Dixon presented data showing that in the automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) market, for example -- particularly for rugged mobile computers -- the growth of Windows Mobile as a platform is flat, whereas Android-based devices are on a steady growth curve.

Granted, ScanSource has a significant stake in the success of Android-based mobile devices given its practice areas with the likes of Motorola, Intermec, Honeywell, app specialist Pyramid and other vendors, but with the Windows impact lessening -- "Microsoft has no announced plans past [version] 6.5," Dixon reminded the crowd -- solution providers in the space need a better understanding of the Android ecosystem.