APPNOTE: Android Devices known to work/not work with PmScreen

Article ID: 140123kae
Last Reviewed: June 15, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

  • An Android Device (Tablet or Mobile Phone) when used with PmScreen to communicate with a Power Master PM1000, PM2000, PM3000, PM7000 Analyser and PM7000 FLM (Fault Level Monitor).
  • Results of any testing with PmGateway are included.

Target Audience.

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Summary.

The PM1000, PM2000, PM7000 and PM7000 FLM do not have a built in display. The user interface is displayed remotely either on a personal computer or on an Android or Windows CE device using a special piece of software called PmScreen.

This application note details those android devices that have been used with PmScreen.

Known Issues.

Devices running Android 6.0 must use PmScreen 4.2.1 (or later) as a permission change in Android 6.0 prevents earlier versions from searching for nearby Bluetooth devices.

Devices known to work:

It is expected that any device with Android version 2.3 or later will work. This list is those that have been tested successfully.

Tablets:

Manufacturer Device Version Notes
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (GT-P5110) Android 4.2.2 no issues.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A (SM-T280) Android 5.1.1 no issues.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (GT-P3110) Android 4.2.2 no issues.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (SM-T210) Android 4.1.2 no issues.
Motorola XOOM Android 3.2 reported ok by an US customer.
Google Nexus 7 (2012) Android 4.3 shipped with Loggers by Synergy Systems.
Toshiba Thrive (AT100) Android 3.2.1 used extensively by Synergy Systems.
Lenovo Tab2 A8-50 Android 5.0 reported ok by UK distributor.

Phones:

Manufacturer Device Version Notes
Samsung Galaxy S3 (I9300) Android 4.0.4 no issues with PmScreen 2.0.2.
Samsung Galaxy Fame (GT-S6810P) Android 4.1.2 no issues with PmScreen 2.0.2.  PmScreen 2.0.1 stops responding sometimes when rotating the screen.
Motorola Moto-E4 XT1761 Android 7.1.1 Used Extensively for both PmScreen and PmGateway
Motorola Moto-G Third Gen XT1541 Android 6.0.1 Used Extensively for both PmScreen and PmGateway.
Motorola Moto-G First Gen XT1032 Android 5.1 *Android 4.4.4 Used Extensively for both PmScreen and PmGateway. Android 5.1 Ok. Android 4.4.4 unreliable (see below)

Devices known not to work:

Those rare devices that do not use an ARM microprocessor will not work with PmScreen or PmGateway.

Manufacturer Device Version Notes
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 (P5210) All versions PmScreen will not install. This is the only Android device I know of that uses an x86 microprocessor (Intel Atom).

Devices known to have problems:

Manufacturer Device Version Notes
Acer Iconia B1-A71 Android 4.1.2 Data transfer stops when connected over Bluetooth. Occurs between a few seconds and a few minutes of starting communication. Disconnecting and re-connecting restarts the transfer.
Wifi / Ethernet connections work correctly.
Motorola Moto G XT1032 Android 4.4.4 Occasional data corruption during transfer when connected over Bluetooth. Ok with Android 5.1 (see above).

See also:

APPNOTE: Installing PmScreen on an Android Device.
APPNOTE: Windows CE Devices known to work/not work with PmScreen.