The mobile POS (mPOS) systems have gained a lot of traction in the last few years in the Indian market. The eCommerce platforms initially used it for the collection of payments while delivering goods.
Any smartphone or tablet can act as an mPOS machine by downloading the payment app on to the device. When a merchant registers with the payment processor or Acquirer bank, the processor or bank ships their PIN pad integrated card readers to be connected to the smartphone or tablet through the audio jack or Bluetooth. Credit/Debit transactions were processed using the card readers.
mPOS was initially used mainly for the portability and the wireless capability that it brought. So, you can accept payments anywhere and everywhere without any hassles. Some mPOS devices also came with docking stations, which allowed the mobile device to read barcodes and print receipts. The extended capabilities made mPOS as a stand-alone device or as a part of the legacy POS play.
Android POS belongs to the family of mobile POS (mPOS), with the most significant advantage being the ease-of-use. It is a single device that comes with the reader, application, and the PCI-certified PIN on Glass technology. It not only allows portability, but it also encourages the in-store merchants to make use of it as opposed to the cumbersome and price-heavy stand-alone POS systems.
Android POS is the future. More and more businesses are adopting it, irrespective of their sizes for the sheer ease-of-use and flexibility that it offers.
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