CounterPath Brings VoIP, PBX to Android Tablets

By Jessica Binns, Contributing Editor — May 09, 2012

Android had 39 percent of the in-quarter shipments of the consumer tablet market in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to Strategy Analytics, while a recent NPD In-Stat survey found that 78 percent of businesspeople who have a tablet at work paid for it themselves. CounterPath Corporation announced worldwide availability of Bria Android Tablet Edition, a standards-based softphone that enables enterprises to extend VoIP calling and PBX features to Android tablets, including employee-owned devices.

Bria Android Tablet Edition lets users make and receive high-quality voice calls over a Wi-Fi or a 3G/4G mobile data connection. This improves productivity and responsiveness by minimizing phone tag, and it enables enterprises to minimize their communications spending by offloading calls to Wi-Fi in places such as offices, airports and hotels.

Bria Android Tablet Edition also seamlessly integrates with hosted and premises-based IP-PBXs, as well other CounterPath Bria desktop and mobile softphones for Android, iOS, Mac, Windows and Linux. This flexibility increases productivity and responsiveness by enabling Android users to access features such as four-digit extension dialing, company voicemail, call transfers and audio conferencing, and with a call continuity function as found in CounterPath's Network Convergence Gateway (NCG), users can move calls between their desktop and mobile softphones. A forthcoming version, available later this year, will add support for video calls, SMS, instant messaging and presence.

"More than anyone, business users want a single identity that keeps them reachable and productive across multiple devices," said Todd Carothers, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Products, CounterPath. "With the addition of Bria Android Tablet Edition to our product line, we can now offer business users the opportunity to use their Android tablet as an extension of their workplace identity, including eliminating the need for deskphones. This solution also gives CIOs and IT managers a convenient, cost-effective way to accommodate the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend by extending PBX features and conferencing services to Android tablets."

Bria Android Tablet Edition 1.0 features a clean and intuitive interface with quick access to in-call management features such as add call, mute, hold and speakerphone. A separate navigation pane provides easy, one-touch access to options including voicemail, call history and contacts.

The app is certified to operate on the following devices, with additional models to follow:

Asus Transformer Prime
HTC Flyer
Huawei MediaPad
Motorola Xoom
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Sony Tablet S

The app also supports multiple VoIP accounts and SIP protocols, allowing users to access their personal or business accounts while simultaneously utilizing other applications or accessing documents on their Android tablet during a call.

In addition, users who download the app and do not yet have an Internet Telephony Service Provider (ITSP) can access a list of pre-configured, CounterPath-certified ITSPs directly within the app, which makes getting connected using VoIP even easier and faster. Bria Android Tablet Edition works with any VoIP service provider and supports hosted VoIP and IP-PBXs, making it a viable option for business users looking to turn their mobile device into an extension, or replacement, of their enterprise deskphone.

Bria Android Tablet Edition will be available in the Google Play store or via CounterPath's online store. CounterPath also develops customized white-label versions of Bria Android Tablet Edition for carriers, OEMs and enterprise customers worldwide. For more information about CounterPath's Bria Android Tablet Edition, custom-branded softphones or other mobile VoIP solutions, please contact CounterPath at sales@counterpath.com.

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