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Finding the Right OS for your Enterprise

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Choosing the right operating system for your mobile fleet is no easy task. Luckily, Honeywell recently created a whitepaper entitled, “Strategic Insights into Selecting the Operating System that Best Meets Your Long-Term Business Vision” to help you make an informed decision.

The most used and widely supported mobile operating system for enterprice devices is Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 (WEH 6.5). However, there are now other options, such as Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS platforms that have notable advantages for certain enterprise work processes. In addition, there are much less barriers in leaving Windows than three were in the past.

These factors are setting the stage for a potential migration in the world of enterprise mobility. Each operating system can be effective for enterprises and have a place in the enterprise mobile market. Honeywell sees the value in all three mobile operating systems and takes pride in allowing its customers to have a choice in their OS—enterprises should not be forced into a certain software because of the hardware.

Take a look at the whitepaper from Honeywell to receive and overview of the advantages and disadvantages to each OS, in addition to guidance on how organizations can identify the most important selection criteria for their next-generation mobile OS decision.

View the whitepaper now.

TC55 Touch Computer


It may be tempting to want to use your personal smartphone on the job, but depending on your job, they usually don’t have the durability or functionality necessary.

Meet the TC55, a pocket-sized, touch-screen computer that has integrated data capture capabilities and is built to withstand industrial environments. Essentially, the TC55 has all of the conveniences of a smartphone, with all of the essentials and durability of an enterprise-grade device.

Each TC55 comes equipped with Mobility Extensions (Mx), a platform that enhances Android’s already robust operating system (OS) into an enterprise class OS.

In addition, the TC55 features:

    Zebra’s Mobility DNA
  • Advanced capacitive touch screen
  • Superior audio quality with noise cancelling technology
  • Support for Push-to-Talk
  • Integrated barcode scanner and imager for data capture
  • Standard or professional configuration options to meet your needs

See what the Zebra TC55 can do for you.

Windows vs. Android: Honeywell Lets You Choose!

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Honeywell recently released the first in a series of next-generation, mobile workforce solutions—the Dolphin™ 75e mobile computer. This sleek, easy-to-use, and reliable device gives enterprise businesses the flexibility to operate on Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld or Android™ 4.4 KitKat platforms.

The Honeywell Dolphin 75e was designed to improve workflow and increase efficiency, featuring:

  • Easy upgrade to Windows Embedded 10 Handheld or Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Applications such as inventory, asset management, check-in and reservations, quality and auditing, picking and voice-enabled workflows
  • Durable IP67-rated design

Our top priority is to deliver world-class solutions that make our customers more efficient and meet the diverse business needs of a global workforce, while helping customers get the most out of their existing technology investments. Honeywell understands customers have unique business challenges and opportunities to improve workflow performance, which is why we developed a solution that can run on Android and Windows operating systems,” said Taylor Smith, general manager of mobility, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility.

Learn more about the Honeywell Dolphin 75e.

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Internet of Things: Possible Without Apps?

Google_Chrome_icon_(2011)As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand in both consumer and enterprise markets, it’s no surprise that internet giant Google is already looking to take IoT to the next level.

A recent project entitled The Physical Web seeks to provide on demand interaction. Rather than having to download different mobile apps, users could simply walk up to something and receive information—no additional software needed.

Just the other day, I was waiting at the bus stop. I wondered how long until the next bus. I had the app on my phone at some point, but after a factory reset, it was no longer there and I didn’t want to take the time to download it, especially without a WiFi connection.

Consumers want information, and they want it immediately. No one wants to take the time or go through the hassle of downloading an app while on the go. That’s why this ambitious project is the future of smart devices.

“People should be able to walk up to any smart device – a vending machine, a poster, a toy, a bus stop, a rental car – and not have to download an app first. Everything should be just a tap away, ” said Scott Jenson, an interaction and UX designer leading The Physical Web project.

If you’re thinking that this would only work with Android devices, then think again. Unlike Apple, Google is all about an open source community (even the project itself is shared on GitHub) and they want to create a standard that can be used by everyone. A shared standard would allow ease of connection with multiple devices, but as we saw with the iPhone 6 release, Apple might not be ok with that.

Although the technology is still in development, and thus an accepted open standard is even farther on the horizon, an Internet of Things that doesn’t require any sort of software from the smart device would definitely be ideal.

Learn more about Google and The Physical Web.

Android in the Enterprise: Remote Management & Security

The Android OS has revolutionized the consumer-based smartphone market, but what about enterprise-grade devices? Honeywell recently published a whitepaper on making the Android OS enterprise-ready.

Remotely managing and installing enterprise-grade devices running the Android OS can be challenging. While there are many third-party options that build remote management and security solutions for Android, to truly manage the devices, remote management vendors need root access to devices, which requires close collaboration with hardware vendors. Without this collaboration, off-the-shelf remote management Android solutions have limited capabilities when it comes to managing devices across multiple mobile device OEMs.

While the AIDC industry has been historically dominated by Windows-based devices, the popularity of the Android OS in the consumer marketplace and its ease of development have made it a prime candidate for enterprise applications, in addition to:

  • More AIDC end-users expect their rugged mobile devices to have a similar user experience to their consumer-grade smartphones. Similar user experiences create an ease-of-adoption, lowering the training costs associated with deployment.
  • Android OS is highly optimized for touch-screen applications
  • Google Play has plenty of pre-existing apps that could help enterprise users in their daily activities

Although Android remote management systems can be inconsistent, Honeywell offers a remote mobile device management solution, Remote MasterMind, which uses an OEM device management engine. With Remote MasterMind, Android vulnerabilities, such as security, are addressed, greatly reducing the workload for IT personnel.

Learn more.

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