Android Device Requirements
Trimble Catalyst requires a smartphone or tablet with the Android operating system. The service will operate on most modern (released after 2017) Android phones and tablets but due to Catalyst’s heavy data processing requirements may not operate on older model devices, and Android devices with certain Operating System customizations. The guidelines below describe the minimum specification and operating system requirements.
To check if your device is compatible with the Trimble Catalyst service, download the free Trimble Mobile Manager app from the Google Play store. The app will check your device's performance capabilities against Trimble Catalyst requirements.
Updated: 16 October 2019
Minimum Android hardware recommendations:
Your Android phone or tablet must at least meet the following system specifications to run the Trimble Catalyst service:
- Android 5.0 or higher
- 64-bit CPU with at least 4x Arm® cores (6x or more Arm cores recommended)
- Maximum Core speed of at least 1.5 GHz
- 1.5 GB of RAM or higher
Recommended Android system settings:
The Android operating system is highly customizable. Some system settings can negatively affect the performance of Trimble Catalyst by limiting the computing resources that are usable by the service. To optimize performance of Trimble Catalyst, we recommend your Android phone or tablet adheres to the following system settings:
- Disable Battery Optimization - Battery optimization is designed to prolong battery runtime by lowering/reducing system resources. Ensure that battery optimization is disabled for any applications using Trimble Catalyst, including the Trimble Catalyst Service, and the Trimble Mobile Manager app. For information on how to disable Battery Optimization, refer to the user documentation for your Android device.
- Disable Root Access - Trimble Catalyst will not work on devices that have root access enabled. For information on how to disable Root Access, refer to the user documentation for your Android device.
Powering the Catalyst DA1 antenna using USB-OTG:
The Trimble Catalyst DA1 antenna needs to be connected to a power source to communicate with your phone or tablet. The antenna can be powered either with the supplied USB battery pack, or by drawing power directly from your Android device’s battery over the USB connection.
- To power the antenna with an external battery pack - Plug in the supplied battery pack (or any off the shelf USB battery pack) to the USB power connector on the DA1 antenna. Using this method, the external battery pack will power the antenna, and can also provide additional power to your Android phone or tablet.
- To power the antenna over the USB connection to your Android device - Your device needs to support the “USB On-The-Go” standard (USB-OTG). Check with your device vendor to determine if your device can support this workflow.
There are too many smartphone and tablet brands and models to list all devices that are compatible with the Trimble Catalyst service. We recommend you check your phone’s specification against the Minimum Android Hardware requirements listed above, and test whether your phone is supported by installing and running the Trimble Mobile Manager app. If in doubt, contact your local Trimble Distributor, or ask a question on the Trimble Catalyst Community.
Compatible Trimble devices:
The following Android-powered Trimble devices are compatible with the Trimble Catalyst service:
Trimble Nomad 5 handheld
Trimble TDC600 handheld