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Make the Switch to Android

Posted November 1, 2019
Zebra MC3300 Rugged mobile computer provides better mobile productivity and efficiency in daily operations.

A major transformation is happening in enterprise mobile computing. Thousands of companies and most top device manufacturers are migrating from Windows Mobile to Android. In fact, only 4% of new enterprise handheld computers come with Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system, Windows 10 IoT. Additionally, many app developers are also abandoning Windows in favor of Android. Here are the four big reasons why this is happening and why you may want to consider a similar switch to Android.

1. Microsoft’s Waning Commitment to Enterprise Mobile for Handhelds 

Until now, Windows Embedded Handheld and CE were the industry standards for enterprise mobile computing. However, Microsoft has ended or will soon end support for all versions of these platforms between January 2020 and April 2021. This doesn’t mean it’s time to panic, but it’s definitely time to assess the impact on your operations and determine the next steps for ensuring your mobile future. If you have an extended support plan, some manufacturers may be able to provide support beyond 2021. 

However, you’ll still need a plan for what to do once you’ve exhausted all your support options. Upgrading from legacy versions to Windows 10 IoT won’t be possible because apps for Windows Embedded Handheld and CE are not forward-compatible. The only option to remain with Windows is to take on the expensive and time-consuming process of reprogramming and migrating applications and databases. Given the difficulties and problems this poses and considering that Microsoft’s commitment to enterprise mobile for handhelds has been waning for years, the industry is switching to Android. As the world’s most popular mobile OS, Android offers an easy-to-use and intuitive interface along with many development tools and a global developer community that makes it much faster and easier to migrate applications and create new solutions.

Hardware manufacturers and businesses such as Zebra, Home Depot, and Whirlpool have taken this simpler and less costly approach, giving workers a more familiar and user-friendly experience in the process.

2. Security Risks

The end of support for any OS means no future updates or security patches, so migrating to a new platform will eventually be an absolute must to avoid data security threats. 
Mobile device management gives businesses complete control over Android devices, applications, and connections. Emkat collaborates with the top manufacturers to provide up to 10 years of security updates and support, long after the standard five-year Android consumer support period comes to an end.

3. Better Mobile Productivity and Efficiency 

A switch to Android offers a remarkably positive impact on worker productivity and efficiency. Android’s simple, touch-screen interface is much easier to use, which helps simplify and streamline workflows. For example, Zebra’s new TC8000 touch computer combines Android simplicity with a combination barcode scanner and mobile computer that increases worker productivity by 14%. Workers no longer have to tilt a scanner to see its screen and confirm scanning results, and its virtual keyboards help them achieve 40% faster data entry with 60% fewer errors. Android is also familiar to many workers because they use it on their home devices, so it speeds up training and makes onboarding new employees easier.

4. Support Multiple Apps on One Device  

Android OS will give users the ability to run core ERP/WMS apps while additionally running communications and productivity apps such as email and messaging. This will allow you to effectively support and optimize warehouse functionality, manage your business, and communicate effectively all on one OS.  

Now’s the time to assess your mobile future and start developing an OS strategy, and our experts at Barcodes are here to help. Contact us now to schedule a free one-on-one consultation with one of our expert engineers to help guide you to the best course for your business. 


Don’t Get Left Behind- Migrate to Android

Posted July 23, 2019

Organizations running Windows based rugged devices today will need to find an alternative OS- and upgrade to new devices- before Microsoft ends their support in 2020.

Discover how Barcodes and Zebra can help you with the new operating system migration to Android operating system.

In the video you will learn:

  1. The dates associated with the expiring Windows support
  2. How to take advantage of the OS Migration to transition into the mobile enterprise technology
  3. How Barcodes and Zebra can help you move towards a successful transition path

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact us and we can tailor a solution to fit your need and budget.

From the Windows Embedded Operating Systems to the Mobility Edge

Posted March 29, 2019

Honeywell CN80 mobile computer can protect you data and keep your data secure when working inside your network

Whether you are working in retail, logistics, or in a warehouse, if you have a Windows operating device chances are you are looking into an upgrade. Beginning 2018 through 2020, Microsoft is phasing out support for their Windows Embedded Operating System that you find on many Windows-based devices. Check out the exact timeline here. Any business that is currently using devices with Windows CE or Windows Embedded Handheld should start looking into an alternate operating system to future proof your investment.

Top enterprises have already been adopting Android operating system in their devices from handhelds to rugged devices for the warehouse. Some of the popular and in use devices today are running Android operating system already. Check out the Honeywell mobile computers below and see how it can accelerate your workflow to increase efficiency and productivity. These devices are all unified by the Mobility Edge Platform which can accelerate deployments, optimize business performance, extend lifecycle, and strengthen security to deliver better mobile solutions across your business.

Empower Store Associates with the Honeywell Dolphin CT40 Mobile Computer

Designed for retail store associates and high mobile workers to improve productivity and deliver a seamless customer experience throughout the day.

Honeywell CT40 Honeywell Android mobile computer

Features:

  • Enhanced data capturing for both 1D and 2D barcodes
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system
  • Fast Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Bright 5-inch  Gorilla Glass touchscreen
  • Rugged, IP64 rating

Great Performance and Future Proofing with the Honeywell Dolphin CT60 Mobile Computer

Rugged, built to deploy easily in the field for logistic and delivery tasks to stay up to date over a long- life span.

Honeywell CT60 Android Mobile Computer

Features:

  • Cutting edge 1D and 2D barcode scanning capabilities
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system
  • Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, and Bluetooth connectivity
  • 4.7-inch Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen
  • Rugged designed with IP65 & IP67 rating
  • Small, portable, and lightweight design easy to carry
  • Withstands 5 foot drop to concrete

Accelerate and Achieve High Performance with the Honeywell Dolphin CN80 Mobile Computer

Improve speed and accuracy of operations in your warehouse while future proofing for the future.

Honeywell CN80 Android mobile computer

Features:

  • Enhanced 1D and 2D barcode data capture
  • Android 7.1 Nougat operating system
  • Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Read range from 6 inches to 50 feet (required in today’s warehouses)
  • Ultra rugged construction at IP 65/ IP67 rating
  • With cold storage and non- incendive options
  • 4.2 inch touch display and keypad

With Microsoft phasing out support for its mobile operating systems and the sunset of 3G networks in effect, there has never been a better time to migrate onto the Mobility Edge Platform. Boost your Mobility Revenue now with Honeywell.  Contact Barcodes now to learn how the Dolphin CT40, CT60, and CN80 can help improve your operations. For a limited time, you can earn an instant rebate when you upgrade to a Honeywell’s Android- Powered mobile devices. Call or email us and find out how!



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