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Operating System Strategy for Mobile Computers

Posted January 28, 2014

After more than a decade of stability using mobile computer operating systems based on successive versions of Microsoft Windows Mobile and its predecessors, the current situation is far more dynamic. Major players in the consumer smartphone market are migrating users to rich interfaces focused on screen interaction rather than keypads. Powerful multi-core processor architectures enable highly responsive applications. The tight integration of sensors, wireless connectivity, and application services frameworks are driving a new paradigm, allowing developers to easily integrate key functionality into their apps via standard system APIs. A large ecosystem has emerged to provide apps, resources, and tools to facilitate development.

But what does this mean for the enterprise? How does a changing user base drive new application interfaces? Which ecosystem should IT embrace for mobile devices? These are questions with no singular answer, yet multiple alternatives are offered for consideration. This paper will outline several options and provide guidance as to which ones may best fit the needs of each individual enterprise.

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Introducing the new Motorola CC5000 Customer Concierge

Posted January 24, 2014

In today’s retail environment, shoppers can buy in many ways — online, in‐store or via mobile — and then receive their purchases when, where and how they’d like. The shopper’s experience across all these channels can be a retailer’s major differentiator. The new Motorola CC5000 customer concierge caters to customers’ every need through an interactive platform, which can be configured to allow customers to look up product information, make purchases, receive special offers and instantly connect to the right person via voice or video.

The CC5000 allows you to create an electronic customer concierge that can cater to your customers’ every self-service need. Instead of the typical kiosk, the CC5000 is a rich interactive platform that can be configured to allow customers to look up product information, make purchases, pair their smartphone to the CC5000 to receive special offers and instantly connect to the right person via voice or video to answer any question. A true ‘dream machine’, the CC5000 can provide shoppers in a retail store, guests in a hotel and travelers with the concierge-style service they dream of, while helping you strengthen customer relationships, improve customer loyalty and satisfaction — and increase sales.

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CipherLab’s 1600 Series: The Perfect Scanner for iOS and Android Devices

Posted December 26, 2013

CipherLab 1600 series pocket-sized Bluetooth scanner helps you accomplish various tasks when pairing with different smart devices through Bluetooth connectivity. Smaller and lighter than a mobile phone, it is a handheld scanner which can easily fit in your pocket and carried around for required tasks wherever it takes.

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Intermec CN51 is Now Certified on Major Carriers AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless

Posted December 11, 2013

The CN51 (Windows Mobile and Android versions)  follows a long heritage of industry firsts for Intermec in the wide area wireless space, with that  being the first rugged mobile computer that is dual operating system capable to be certified on all of the major North American wireless carriers.

Unlike the performance limitations of smartphones and competing mobile computers, the CN51 is the only rugged yet ergonomic solution with the versatility to support both the Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Android 4.1 operating systems, and deliver the benefits of a rugged solution such as superior battery life, excellent system performance and reliability.

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Code Introduces New Bluetooth Barcode Reader Product with Bluetooth Interface Adapted for Retail Markets

Posted November 20, 2013

Code CR2300 ScannerCode, an industry leader of advanced, image-based barcode readers, has recently expanded their product line with the addition of the Code Reader 2300 (CR2300).

The CR2300 is a high-performance, Bluetooth barcode reader designed for use in retail environments. The image-based device is easy to use and features a robust decoding engine that provides omnidirectional barcode reading and high-speed data output. The reliability and aggressive data collection capabilities of the CR2300 are crucial components for retailers committed to enhancing customer experiences by reducing lines and wait times at check-out counters.

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Motorola Unveils Next-Gen ET1 Tablet

Posted October 10, 2013

Motorola ET1 Enterprise Tablet ComputerMotorola announced three enterprise mobile computers running the most popular version of the Android operating system supported by new Extensions by Motorola Solutions security features and the fourth generation of RhoMobile Suite’s cross-platform development framework.

First off, Motorola is expanding the industry’s largest portfolio of purpose-built, Android-based devices with the introduction of the ET1, MC40 and MC67 enterprise mobile computers running the Jelly Bean version of the Android OS and fortified with Mx enhancements.

The Jelly Bean version of the Android OS provides new features important to enterprises including security enhancements, better graphics support and improved logging and support capabilities.

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TSC Expands Portable Printer Line with the New Alpha-4L

Posted September 3, 2013

alpha-4lTSC has expanded its new Alpha series of portable printers with the recent introduction of the Alpha-4L, a new portable four-inch-wide-format label printer designed for the manufacturing, transportation/logistics, and retail industries.

Higher performance at its class
The Alpha-4L’s performance-enhancing features include a 5800 mAh large-capacity battery for extended operation, expanded memory to accommodate advanced applications and future firmware enhancements, reliable Bluetooth and 802.11b/g/n wireless communications and a large paper capacity
67.3 mm (2.65”) OD to reduce the frequency of changing paper rolls.

Durability
When used with its optional IP54-rated environmental case, the Alpha-4L offers protection against dust, dirt, moisture, temperature extremes and other harsh field conditions. The printer’s rubber over-mold case is designed to keep the unit working normally even after a 1.5 m (5 ft) drop. When using its environmental case, it can withstand a 1.8 m (6 ft) drop test. And with a high-capacity battery and paper roll, the Alpha-4L maximizes productivity, providing efficient service over a full day’s duty cycle.

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Introducing the New Socket CHS Series 8 Mobile Scanner

Posted August 14, 2013

Socket  has released a new barcode scanner optimized for smartphones that can be used either attached to or detached from the phone. Thin and lightweight, the CHS Series 8 is as small as a credit card, thinner than most smartphones, and slips easily into a shirt or pants pocket.  The new CHS Series 8 supports iOS, Android, and Windows based devices and is easy to integrate with any application.

It’s great for people who need to keep a hand free to handle materials or equipment while scanning barcodes.

To find the right scanner for your mobile application, contact us at BarcodesInc.


The Trimble Juno T41 Now Shipping with Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean”

Posted June 27, 2013

2013-06-27_1037The rugged Trimble Juno T41 has seen a major OS update with a new version of the Android Operating System, Android 4.1 (“Jelly Bean”).

Even though it will improve the user experience,  provide more security options, better battery efficiency, and a more robust Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities,  the upgrade to Android 4.1 will not increase the cost of the unit.

Trimble has also integrated several additional features to support software applications and ease development time: Assisted-GPS, USB tethering, and USB host capabilities from JAVA for easier integration with hardware peripherals. With the move to Jelly Bean, there is a new minimum RAM requirement. All T41 devices will now ship with 512MB of RAM. The 256 MB option is no longer available, for either Android or Windows Embedded Handheld (WEHH) configurations.

The Juno T41 now provides all the possibilities and conveniences of a consumer mobile device but in a rugged design making it the ideal work tool for any environment. Ensure your mobile device investment with a device you can depend on today and well into the future.

For more details or to order a new Juno T41, contact us at BarcodesInc.


How to Print from an iPad to a Star iOS Receipt Printer

Posted May 3, 2013

Star has been a leader in the receipt printer industry due to their efficient designs and ability to keep up with current technology trends all the while making products that are easy to use.

The POS world has seen a big shift towards using iPads and other tablets instead of a traditional desktop and with this comes the challenge of printing receipts easily. Lucky for us, Star is well prepared to support iOS and Android devices with any of their Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or mobile printers.  This video is a great step-by-step explanation of how to pair and print with your iPad to any Star printer.


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