According to a survey published by Flurry earlier this year, for many of us, life is now almost unthinkable without our mobile devices. We used our phones and tablets twice as much in 2015 as we did in 2014. But the same survey has found that there is something we appear to love even more than our phones – apps.
Flurry found that users in 2015 spent a whopping 58 percent more time using apps last year than they did in 2014. Statista also reports that over 102 billion apps already have been downloaded worldwide – a figure that is expected to rise to 268 billion by 2017. In a world that has grown very attached to apps very quickly, it is little wonder that the business office hardware world has also evolved the need for an app paradigm.
And this is precisely why Samsung has moved fast to create a hub of the smart office that puts apps at its very core. Building on Samsung’s advanced software and hardware capabilities, the company has created a new arena for smart technology – in the form of the Smart UX Center.
New Software Hub
The Smart UX Center is a touchscreen interface for multi-function printers (MFPs) that allows users to customize their printing experience with downloadable apps and widgets. Best of all, it is Android-based, which means using it is intuitive for just about anyone who has ever used a mobile phone or a tablet PC.
This latter fact means that it is not only Samsung developers who can add to the already large (and rapidly expanding) array of printer apps available for the Smart UX Center. Thanks to the downloadable Samsung Printing Smart UX Software Development Kit (SDK), every software expert with Android app development experience can realistically enter the printing app paradigm.
For businesses, this means customization, and an optimized fit for any corporate environment. This, more often than not, can lead directly to improved productivity. With apps aimed at boosting connectivity, providing document management solutions, services, maintenance and packs for languages as diverse as te Re Māori, there is certainly plenty to choose from when it comes to business customization.
Samsung also operates a Validation and Verification (V&V) process for its Printing App Center (the printing world’s answer to the Google Play Store).
V&V is a thorough testing and stability process that provides benefits for end-users and developers alike. For printer users, it provides peace of mind – knowledge that all apps on the center will not compromise hardware performance.
And for developers, V&V also brings a range of benefits, as instead of having to test their own apps with multi-function printers, Samsung takes care of this side of things. If an app fails the V&V test, developers are provided with detailed information about what they need to improve their apps’ stability issues.
Safe and Sound
While the smart office is making fast progress in terms of innovations, however, there is always a real danger than new developments bring with them new security risks.
According at a recent Ponemon Institute-F5 Networks survey, some 67 percent of IT experts and tech security professionals feel that app developers are “rushing” to release new software – at the expense of taking appropriate security steps.
However, the Smart UX Center has these security concerns covered. Samsung’s multi-layered security grants business users a worry-free office experience. This entails a system that provides separation between printers’ Android and main platforms, critical data storage protection in main platforms, as well as the denial of Android application accessibility for MFPs main systems and storage.
All of this means that corporations with Smart UX Center MFPs can enjoy the flexibility of a smart device with the security of a conventional printer. It is the best, as it were, of both worlds.
Into the Future
There can be little doubt that the software revolution of recent years has been quiet but effective. While shiny new hardware developments tend to dominate the tech headlines, PC and smart device apps have slowly but surely been turning the business world on its head. Harvard Business Review reports that apps are “transforming the world of enterprise-customer communication.”
Again, Samsung has moved ahead of the pack in this regard. Smart UX Center software like RemoteCall can enables users to get in direct touch with a Samsung expert, who – if you need – can even take control of your device in order to fix an issue.
Apps are starting to play a bigger role in our lives than we ever dreamed possible. But with the Smart UX Center and its growing selection of downloadable software, you can now enable your printer to join the app revolution – just in time for the advent of the smart office.
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