Keeping your workforce mobile has been a catchword in the past few years. And making sure your workers have the devices they need while on the move does, in fact, improve productivity, as well as the quality and frequency of customer engagement. According to a October 2015 report, 74% of top global enterprises have cited mobility as a critical agent for their business success. But while general-purpose computing and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) tablets have been grabbing all the headlines lately, there's been a quiet revolution for tablets in the domain of single-use computing. Single-purpose devices can be found everywhere, at consumer touchpoints such as point-of-sale units in cafes, inflight entertainment on aircraft, or digital signage at trade shows. These include devices used by site inspectors, first responders, or factory, warehouse and field workers, and built to withstand outdoor conditions. Often, these devices are "ruggedized" specifically for outdoor or harsher work environments, such as our Lenovo TAB3 10 Business.

Recently, Android tablets have managed to gain an edge over its other OS competitors in enabling enterprise mobility through single-use devices, which in turn have fueled the growth of point-of-sale app developers working on this platform. So why have so many businesses chosen to go with Android? With the release of Android for Work and dedicated single-use Android business devices such as Lenovo's TAB3 10 Business tablets, we believe the flexibility and value that these tablets bring to business make them the machines to beat. Today, we're here with four reasons why businesses who are currently sitting on the fence should take the leap and introduce Android tablets into their single-purpose device portfolio. 

1. Value

Value is most likely the first thing businesses will be looking at when choosing their device, and this particular point usually vaults Android devices to the top of their consideration lists. Android devices are getting better all the time, and are now offering the best value for each device at price points considerably more attractive than high-end Windows tablets and other devices. These days, enterprises who want to outfit their entire workforce with larger-screen mobile devices and want to get the most out of their investment simply can't do better than Android tablets. 

2. Ease and Flexibility of App Development

For businesses, it's actually gotten incredibly easy to develop and set up apps with Android. Last year, Google released Android for Work specifically in response to the recent growth in enterprise demand. Single-use devices have traditionally required a highly customized OS. But now, with the recent launch of Android for Work, based on open standards and flexible APIs, developers now have everything they need to create bespoke apps out of the box. Meanwhile, IT administrators have enough control over their devices to meet their needs by means of different enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions available in the market, compatible with Lenovo and other Android tablets.

With Android for Work, your device can now be locked down into Single App Mode, a special mode that allows the user to run only a single app or a set of specific apps. Meanwhile, admins can remotely control device settings, while installing and uninstalling apps over the air (OTA). IT admins can now set OTA policy for a device, remotely accept OTAs, schedule maintenance windows or even postpone them to give them a chance to verify app compatibility.

3. Improved Security and Consistent Managed Experience

Android for Work now offers a robust set of tools that go a long way to ramp up its security, one of the chief concerns about the platform in the past. At the OS level, work and personal data can now be clearly compartmentalized. An Android for Work container profile protects business apps and data from potentially unsafe activity that the user might be doing outside of the container, such as browsing from unknown websites or side-loading apps. IT administrators can, if they need to, completely wipe the Android for Work profile. For corporate-owned devices, IT has complete control, and can fully wipe any individual device, if necessary. Android for Work has also introduced a secure installation process that blocks apps of unknown origin or source from being installed on either a corporate-owned device, or the Android for Work container for tablets with managed profiles.

One frequent knock against Android tablets is the amount of fragmentation for these devices in the market. But Android for Work has since addressed this by enabling a native Android user experience which remains consistent across disparate device models and manufacturers. 

4. Unique Product Features

You'll also have a great amount of flexibility in choosing the right Android device for your business. Android tablets come in a wide selection, and allow for innovative features that you just won't be able to find on other platforms. Lenovo's YOGA TAB 3 series, for instance, comes with a unique kickstand which allows you several ways to stand up the tablet or even hang it on a wall. For more innovative digital display use cases, the YOGA TAB 3 Pro even comes with a built-in 180-degree rotatable projector that projects a 70-inch screen onto any wall or ceiling. 

And Lenovo has specifically developed the TAB3 10 Business as an Android tablet for single-purpose use, deploying a full suite of on-the-go features such as full USB on-the-go for easily connecting external storage, Y- and T- connectors, RJ45 cables or card readers. A range of connectivity, including NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi AC full GPS and optional 4G, complement this suite.

So with the introduction of Android for Work and tablets that can bring both flexibility and value to your work processes, businesses now have an unprecedented opportunity to mobilize their workforce at great value, without compromising on security or user experience.