Monthly Archives: May 2012
So you carry your mobile phone with you everywhere, so do you workers. Why not connect your office to your mobile workers, with a streamlined app available in the Play store?
Connect2Field is a relatively new player on the Cloud scene in Australia with a passion for streamlining the processes of service businesses. With workers out in the field and maybe a small but busy team back in the office trying to keep it all together, a typical day in a small/ medium service business is hectic to say the least. Most revolve around perhaps an Outlook Calender of some description and a large Jobs Board that the Service Co-Ordinator scantily attempts to keep under control.
Getting your workers to the correct job site, on time, and well informed is one thing, but knowing exactly how long they were there, how long it took them to travel to site and getting around to doing the invoicing is another story all together!
So what if there was something simple that could run on your HTC, Samsung, Motorola, or dare we say it, your iPhone? And that the back end didn’t require thousands of dollars worth of difficult, poorly coded software that doesn’t communicate as it did in the pre-sales process? That you could log on from anywhere and check where your workers are and how their jobs are going?
Well we have the answer. Our Consulting Partners at Axis IT Consulting brought us in to demonstrate Connect2Field running on their fleet of Android devices, and we have come away very impressed.
The process begins as soon as the job comes in via either telephone or email.
Instead of entering the job into the Calendering program of choice, we open Google Chrome (our Browser of choice of course), log into Connect2Field via the web and instantly we are presented with a dash board view of our current jobs, clients we are dealing with and current rate of work and income. Nice! From there, we simply Click “Add Job”, select the client, enter the job details, address, date and start time and a few notes to let the worker know what to expect when he/she gets to site. From there we save the job, which does three things. 1) The job is entered into our system and logged with a job number, 2) A job confirmation email is sent to the client with all the details including a job number and 3) Our assigned worker is sent an SMS straight to his mobile phone. That is where the magic begins.
Once our Worker accepts the job, it is entered into the Schedule on their phone, as well as the Calendering app. Reviewing the Connect2Field Android app on the phone gives the Worker all the necessary information, ie Job Number, Address, Name, Start Date and Time, and Notes about the job. There is even a Map to graphically display where all your jobs are on at, to better organise your day! When the Worker starts to drive to the job, they bring up the job in the mobile app and click Start Travel, this counts the travel time. Arrive at site, click Arrived, and update the Job from Accepted to Started. This then starts the billable hours clock against the job. Once the job is finished, you mark the job as Finished and can even capture the customer’s signature against the job (which is instantly uploaded back to the server and stored against the job).
The job can then be marked as Completed, at which time, the invoice can either be raised and emailed on the mobile phone, or back in the Office. Easy.
Connect2Field is not a bookkeeping program though, however, there is no re-keying of data required by your Bookkeeper, as Connect2Field can transfer information to most popular accounting programs, such as Reckon’s QuickBooks, MYOB, Xero, and more. We are told Connect2Field will soon integrate with the online QuickBooks Hosted as well.
What it is though, is an extremely simple, extremely powerful and cost effective field worker/ service business solution, that requires no powerful hardware apart from an internet connection and some mobile phones, preferably Droids! For a small monthly fee, imagine the time and stress something this accessible could save you.
Oh, if you would like a more personal demonstration of Connect2Field in action, contact Nathan at Axis IT Consulting for more information.
It seems everyone is getting their hands on to the Galaxy SIII’s launcher, TouchwizUX now.
First we reported the update was available to Galaxy SII users and now XDA member PETKING has made the launcher available on his custom ROM, Kingdroid 1.6.
Of course, this ROM is only available to Galaxy Note owners who are willing to Root their devices (please take care and seek advice on Rooting if you are not comfortable with this action).
This changelog reports:
V-1.6 Changelog:ROM FULL + UPDATE_NEW(no wipe)
-Added Weather Widget (sgs3)
-Removed TouchWiz 4.0 launcher
-Added TouchWiz launcher 5.0 (sgs3) thanks @smando
-Optimiced for TouchWiz 5.0
-Updated S-Voice with all its libraries and linked files tanks @wanam
We are currently downloading the necessary files in order to load this up and will report back with our findings.
Well that didn’t take long!
XDA member Smando has successfully ported the brand new Touchwiz UX from the Galaxy SIII to work on the Galaxy SII!
So far, the update is firmware flashable (through Recovery as an update.zip), and is only working on Samsung based ROMs so if you have some AOSP or other based ROM you will need to come back to a TW based ROM before flashing.
The advantages are 1) The new widgets – check out the gorgeous weather widget above 2) Speed – users have been reporting that it simply flies and 3) You can choose a 5×5 version as show above to get you some extra screen real estate
This is still a work in progress though, current version is 1.4 and the Changelog reports
-Fix white text on white backgroung
-Fix FC on lockscreen wallpaper
-Changed packageid to fix some incompatibility problem
-(4×5) Better appdrawer layout
-Contain stock Samsung widget(Calendar,Agenda,GS3Accuwether) with new sharedUserID
So far this is only for the Galaxy SII however we are very tempted to flash it onto our ICS G Note just for kicks.
Original forum thread here
If you are heading through Dubai to or from Europe or perhaps have a relative posted over there, ask them to drop by Dubai Mall and pick you up a brand new Samsung Galaxy SIII right now!
Yes, that’s correct, Dubai retailers have put stock of the World’s most pre-ordered Superphone out on shelves a full week ahead of the global release date.
Website theverge, were sent full retail snapshots of the Samsung Superphone out for sale in full retail kit.
We can see from the above shot that the retail pack contains the usual suspects, USB charger adaptor, battery, USB cable and headphones with ear plugs. Oh and the ever gorgeous Galaxy SIII of course.
The reporter noted the phone was on sale for approximately USD$680, which is quite a bit under the average RRP of $799, however once you add the airfare to Dubai it will soon get pretty expensive!
However, if you just can’t wait, best you get yourself over to Dubai Mall (in your Ferrari 458 no less), and pick one up. Get one for us too!
LG have admitted they have dropped the ball compared to their competitors in the Smartphone race, however all of that is about to change.
And Aussies are in for a treat as a consequence.
Ben Glimmerveen, head of LG Australia’s Mobile Division told PC World magazine the company is “behind the game” in the smartphone market but has promised to be on the front foot when it comes to LTE 4G devices.
“We were behind the game in smartphones, we dropped the ball,” Glimmerveen admitted. “That’s a global admission and it’s good that we’ve done that. What we’ve done now is we’ve been on the front foot with the next tier of where this telecommunications phase is going which is LTE.”
Glimmerveen then proceeded to advise LG will release no less than four 4G Smartphones onto the Australian market before early 2013. This is great news for Aussie smartphone enthusiasts, albeit those on the Telstra network, as currently Optus and Vodafone do not have LTE services.
The Eclipse is promising a 13MP Camera, 1.5Ghz Quad Core CPU, 4G LTE and 2GB of RAM!
Having previously been owners of two Optimus 2X’s and an Optimus 3D, we have always been impressed with LG’s Android handsets and are thoroughly looking forward to seeing the next six months in with LG.
Watch this space!
In a discreet blog, Google announced “We’ve Acquired Motorola Mobility”.
In a battle that has been waging on and off for the last 12 months, Google have now cleared the final obstacle, which was the Chinese Regulators, and have cleared and completed the USD$12.5Bn dollard acquisition.
This is a large turn for Google who has always been a software maker, and now cements them as one of the largest Android handset manufacturers in the World, certainly the #1 choice in the USA.
Google CEO Larry Page was quoted, “The phones in our pockets have become supercomputers that are changing the way we live. It’s now possible to do things we used to think were magic, or only possible on Star Trek—like get directions right from where we are standing; watch a video on YouTube; or take a picture and share the moment instantly with friends.
It’s why I’m excited to announce today that our Motorola Mobility deal has closed. Motorola is a great American tech company that has driven the mobile revolution, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation, including the creation of the first cell phone. We all remember Motorola’s StarTAC, which at the time seemed tiny and showed the real potential of these devices. And as a company who made a big, early bet on Android, Motorola has become an incredibly valuable partner to Google.”
The more interesting and no doubt valuable asset, is Motorola’s 17,000+ mobile hardware and software patents (and another 7,000+ pending), that are now owned by Google and Android.
This is certainly a move to block out Apple and any other competitors’ access to the highly prized patented systems.
But what will the future hold. This is a bold move for Google, who have relied on both Motorola and more recently Samsung to produce their vanilla, flagship Nexus range of phones.
Will Google also succeed in hardware innovation as much as they have in software innovation? We’d like to bet yes, but only time will tell.