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Visual Enterprise Viewer for Android is Unleashed

July 2, 2013

Out-of-box touch-screen 3D work instructions.

When the SAP® 3D Visual Enterprise Viewer for iPad was released last year, it was also revealed that the Android version would be released in Q2 2013. On the 26th of June SAP® kept their promise (just) and in doing so released what is guaranteed to become an incredibly popular app. From what I’ve seen the VE Viewer Android app looks and feels much like the very slick iPad app.

SAP® has stated that for the off-the-shelf tablet VE Viewer applications they will support a screen size of at least 7 inches (17.78 cm) and at least Android 4.1 Jellybean. Android devices are becoming increasingly popular as demonstrated by these numbers and because of these numbers: You can buy a Google® Nexus 7 for US$199 compared to an Apple® iPad Mini 2 for US$329. That’s US$130 cheaper for a functionally comparable product.

There are ‘white label’ Android 7″ tablets that are even cheaper than the Nexus 7 again. The Google Nexus 7 has Gorilla Glass, a good graphics processor, and, a reasonably durable outer shell off-the-shelf which makes it a really good baseline model for comparison.

It is this combination which makes for a low cost, plug-and-play and touch-screen solution for; 3D manufacturing assembly instruction delivery, 3D maintenance instruction delivery, or, a 3D sales tool which is the really exciting prospect with this app release.

Integration or customization (or both) is available with VE Generator or the SDK / API which we deliver.

Just Press Next for the Best Instructions Possible

Having been through the sparse documentation provided by SAP®, what they have not stated is the definitive list of which devices the app will work with.

You can find the app here or search for “SAP Visual Enterprise Viewer” in the Google Play Store on your device. If it shows up it should be compatible with your device. Sadly, it is not compatible with my Samsung® Galaxy Note II.

Have you been successful in installing and using the VE Viewer for Android app on your tablet?

Let everyone know what works (and what doesn’t) by leaving a comment below.

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  1. July 20, 2013 10:49 AM

    It is not compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S4, unfortunately. We use Visual Enterprise Author 7.1 at work and this would have been awesome to have added to my phone. The ease of accessing things on my phone versus going back and forth to the office would have been great! Oh well. Is this app planned on getting more phones added to its compatibility list?

    • July 22, 2013 12:33 PM

      Hi Red, when SAP released the iPad app they stated their intent to support tablets larger than 7″ on iOS and Android. I doubt SAP would add smaller screens unfortunately! The reason for this is that the restriction is primarily driven from a usability point of view: smaller screens provide a limited ability to meaningfully interact with whole models simply due to size.
      Unfortunately it is often useful to be able to view a part or sub-assembly at home or in the field – which from both a usability and technical point of view you could do easily on your S4. It’s something that has been done a number of times with the SDK for the simple reason that sometimes you just need to know that a part is the right one!

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