FAQ

General Information

What is emteria.OS?

The emteria.OS is built upon the Google’s Android platform with support for already existing application and services, but additionally including a number of industrial improvements and extensions. Developing a product based on emteria.OS avoids unnecessary costs for training courses, as the vast majority of end users are already familiar with Android. Our OS is currently available for Raspberry Pi 3 B and B+ as well as to some hand-picked industrial boards (see List of Features). Please don’t hesitate to contact us for using emteria.OS in your next product.

Why not Linux? It doesn’t cost anything.

Yes, Linux is a free software, but there are different sources of hidden costs to take into consideration. If you decide to build your product based on Linux, you have to allocate resources for the initial setup and for software maintenance throughout the whole product life cycle. Furthermore, costs for experienced Linux software developers and training programs for the end customers make up a large proportion of the real costs.

We at emteria focus only on the single product, emteria.OS, which allows us to offer lower prices for the initial setup and the maintenance including feature and security updates. Ask for a proposal today and check out our product comparisonfeatures and services.

Are Linux drivers and software adaptable to emteria.OS?

Probably yes. Analogous to Android, emteria.OS is based on a Linux kernel, allowing to reuse and adapt the vast majority of Linux drivers and application software without significant effort.

Why not Windows? My customers already know it.

Did you know that the last Windows Embedded or product was released in August 2013 and its mainstream support ends in October 2018 (see Windows Embedded Product Lifecycle)? The mainstream support for Windows 10 LTSB is also limited to 5 years only (see Windows 10 Lifecycle). Although your customers might be familiar with Windows, they also might get severely annoyed as soon as the next problem occurs and there is nobody to fix it.

Recent studies show that Android has already reached approximately 75% of the worldwide OS market share (see statista.com), which is a reliable indication that your customers are probably already used to Android and know how use it. Our focus is providing reliable software and long term support tailored specifically for the industrial market. Furthermore, from our very personal opinion, the rich application framework and the better user experience make Android the OS of choice for modern products (see also our Product Comparison Table).

What services does emteria GmbH offer?

The emteria GmbH provides assistance for platform extensions and customization, as well as industrial support and maintenance services. Please have a look at the list of our services, product comparison table and the features page for more information.

Where do emteria’s industrial customers come from?

A good part of our industrial customers switched from projects with Android Things after realizing that Google isn’t reachable for any kind of support or feature requests whatsoever. The lack of a product life cycle definition and the lasting uncertainty regarding the future of Android Things are other important arguments for emteria.OS.

Still, most of our industrial customers have contacted us one day to discuss their visions and ideas. That might be our biggest advantage so far: we consider ourselves very flexible and quick. In combination with our long-lasting Android expertise we are able to provide important development insights and focus on the best solution for our customers.

Please don’t hesitate and contact us today.