ArcGIS for Smartphones and Tablets

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ArcGIS for Smartphones and Tablets
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Developer(s) Esri
Stable release 10.1
Operating system Windows, Android, iOS
Type Geographic information system
License Proprietary
Website Esri Products - Apps for Smartphones and Tablets

ArcGIS for Smartphones and Tablets is part of Esri's mobile field mapping strategy. It allows users to view, collect, and update geographic information on mobile devices. These applications are free and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Marketplace, and the Android Market.

With these apps, users can:

  • Leverage the Collector app and the ArcGIS app on a variety of devices.
  • Navigate maps, collect and report data, and perform GIS analysis.
  • Access and share enterprise GIS via ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS for Server.

Apps for Smartphones and Tablets

ArcGIS for Smartphones and Tablets have a few applications that make it faster and easier for employees in the office and field to collaborate and get real time information.

Collector For ArcGIS

Collector for ArcGIS allows users to use their smartphones to collect data and update information in the field. Using ArcGIS Online, users can log their current location, and put the data captured to work. Thus, users can create and configure maps with more informed and timely decisions. It helps to improve the accuracy and currency of spatial data. There are two different types of the apps; Collector for ArcGIS (Android) and Collector for ArcGIS (iOS).

With this app, users can:

  • Plan routes and get directions.
  • Configure the app to fit their organization’s workflow.
  • Integrate information into their organization’s GIS.

The data captured in the field using the Collector for ArcGIS is displayed in the Operations Dashboard. It is an application that help users to monitor and responds to activities and events, tracks field workforce, and assess performance of daily operations.

ArcGIS Application for Windows Phone

ArcGIS for Windows Phone allows users to search, browse, and view maps in ArcGIS Online. This app includes a developer-focused ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Windows Phone that enables users to integrate interactive maps and tasks into Windows Phone applications.

The application has two main parts which are Map Hub and Map page. Map Hub helps users connect to their GIS and find maps whereas Map page lets users to view maps and work with their contents. However, the maps must be authored before they are consumed in the app.

ArcGIS Application for Android

ArcGIS Application for Android enables users to search, browse, view and edit data on the maps as it connects to ArcGIS Online. This app includes ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android that allows users to build applications that can connect to ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Server. The Runtime SDK supports apps designed for Android phones and tablets. Capabilities include [1]:

  • Add caches basemaps stored locally in device to the map.
  • Work with devices GPS.
  • Build Routing applications.
  • Add tools to edit data whilst out in the field.

ArcGIS Application for iOS

ArcGIS Application for iOS is designed for Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It allows users to create and update GIS data in the field. It also helps users to leverage services from existing enterprise GIS and find and share maps from ArcGIS Online. This app is supported by ArcGIS Runtime SDK for iOS which supports users to [2] :

  • Display web maps that authored on ArcGIS Online or users own on-premise ArcGIS portal.
  • Display features in a map using pop-ups information.
  • Search for features in a map using spatial or SQL criteria.
  • Collect location by sketching on the map or using GPS sensor of the device.

ArcGIS Runtime SDKs

Developer-focused SDKs for Smartphones and Tablets

ArcGIS Runtime Software Development Kit (SDK)s for smartphones and tablets are used to build applications that utilize the mapping, geocoding, geoprocessing, and custom capabilities provided by ArcGIS for Server. It allows users to embed ArcGIS maps and tasks into their line-of-business applications. Developers use the ArcGIS Runtime SDKs to add mapping and geospatial functionality to their custom applications. Some of the capabilities include [3]:

  • Create applications that collect and update data.
  • Use and display services from ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS for Server.
  • Execute sophisticated geoprocessing tasks and display results.

System Requirements

Collector for ArcGIS

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system or higher
  • Armv7 processor
  • OpenGL ES 2.0 support

ArcGIS for iOS

  • ArcGIS Apps for iOS:
    • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices
    • Requires Apple iOS version 3.1.2 and above
  • ArcGIS Runtime SDK for iOS:
    • Intel-based Macintosh running Leopard (OS X 10.5) or Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6)
    • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch is recommended

ArcGIS for Android

  • ArcGIS Apps for Android:
    • Android version 2.2 (Froyo) and above
    • ARMv6 or higher processor
  • ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android:
    • Developments of ArcGIS for Android apps are supported on Mac OS X (Intel), Linux, and Windows based operating system
    • Requires SDK Platform Android 2.1, API 7, SDK Platform Android 2.2, API 8 and Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
  • Users can use the Runtime SDK with:
    • ArcGIS for Server for the Java Platform
    • ArcGIS for Server for the .NET Platform

ArcGIS for Windows Phone

  • ArcGIS App for Windows Phone:
    • Requires Windows Phone OS version 7.0 or above
  • ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Windows Phone (Requires to build ArcGIS Silverlight applications for Windows Phone):
    • Visual Studio 2010 or Visual Web Developer Express 2010
    • Windows Phone Developer Tools version 7.0 or above
    • A Windows Phone 7 device with OS version 7.0 or above


  1. "ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android" ArcGIS Resources. Esri. Accessed 24 July 2013.
  2. "ArcGIS Runtime SDK for iOS" ArcGIS Resources. Esri. Accessed 24 July 2013.
  3. "ArcGIS Runtime SDKs for Smartphones and Tablets" Apps for Smartphones and Tablets. Esri. Accessed 17 July 2013.

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