We gave Pidion the title of “First Rugged Android PDA” some months ago now but it seems Pidion have decided to remove their Android Pidion BIP-6000 and Android Pidion BM170 and Pidion HM50 from sale in a shock and sudden move. You only need to go to the Pidion website itself and you’ll find that Android has been largely stripped from their offering which confirms this news. To be honest Android on Pidion’s has been a lot of hard work, we have had nothing but conflicting advice, poor communication and changing dates and so in a way we’re kind of relieved that the mess can at least now be cleared away.
So we wanted to put the record straight here for anyone who has or was hoping for Android on their Pidion BM170’s, BIP-6000’s or HM50’s, by answering the questions we have received so far and by letting you know what we know.
Have Pidion responded to our questions or made a statement about this?
in a word…No. Their management haven’t even graced us or anyone else for that matter as far as we know with anything at all on this decision. We have also spoke to distributors and other resellers last week to try to shed some light on this and nothing…zip, nada my friends! Being the number 1 reseller of Pidion in the UK does not seem to make any difference right now. If you know anything, then please post a comment up!
What does it mean for people who bought Pidion BM-170’s or BIP-6000’s and were hoping to upgrade them?
Well actually Pidion never actually developed Android themselves, choosing a partner to do that for them. The Android they have developed is still very available, it’s actually better than anything Pidion delivered anyway and we have already got a great relationship with them so we can supply Android on your devices. Just come and ask and we’ll help you out.
Will Android be coming back to the BM170 or Pidion BIP-6000?
We don’t know! I would find it extremely unlikely though.
Will Android still be available on the new devices Pidion are selling?
We asked that too! The website seems to have pulled everything, including the much-anticipated HM50 from their Android offering, other than the HM40 and tablets.
Are we peeved at this?
You can bet your life we are. You only need to read this blog to see how Rugged and Mobile and others have believed in, committed to and helped Pidion develop so it’s really disappointing to hear 3rd hand about this and have the cloak and dagger treatment from their management when it was so core to Pidion’s and our strategy. We’ll get any news or updates out as soon as we get them.
The Rugged and Mobile blog.