Datalogic has announced a new Vehicle-mount computer, called the Rhino. This computer features a 640x480 (Landscape) display, Windows CE 6.0, and Wifi. An Ethernet port is optional.
Honeywell has just announced a color imager for the Xenon product line. This imager will support taking color images and scanning colored barcodes. At this time, the imager appears to be supported on the scanner line only, but may make its way into the Mobile Computing line in the future.
Everyone is talking about how Google is purchasing Motorola Mobility. This is the consumer-handset side of Motorola, not the Enterprise business that make portable data collectors and mobile computers. However, Android appears to be coming to the Data Collection market, so we won't be surprised if Android starts appearing on Enterprise devices soon.
Honeywell has announced that they are starting the first Developer Program for Android in the AIDC market. We've been expecting data collection manufacturers to start introducing Android-based devices, and this is the first public announcement we've seen about it. We are considering how we want to support Android in ITScriptNet, and we will let you know our plans as we go.
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We have received a Unitech PA690 and a PA550 and we have tested them with ITScriptNet. Both devices work great with the existing Unitech Windows Mobile 5/6 client! We are adding them to the Program Designer as selectable devices, since their screen sizes are different from the standard 240x320 (portrait). The PA690 has a WVGA 640x800 (portrait) display, and the PA550 has a 320x240 (landscape) display.
Unitech has introduced the PA960 Mobile Computer. This device has an 800x480 WVGA display, which is the first we've seen with that resolution. We will test to see if our existing WM6 client will run on this device.
Honeywell has announced that they are purchasing EMS, parent company of LXE. This adds another line of Mobile Computers to the Honeywell family. One of the unique offerings of LXE is a Freezer unit line, which include heating elements to run in very cold environments.
Honeywell has introduced a new device, called the Dolphin 6000. This device is an extremely small form-factor device, similar to a smartphone, but with a laser scan engine.
We have a device in house and are working on ITScriptNet support.
Honeywell has launched the ISV Store we discussed a few weeks ago. We have several products listed on the store, and we will be adding more as time goes on. You can read the press release here.
Datalogic Mobile has announced that the new Elf device is now available in Windows CE, joining the existing Windows Mobile Elf version. Interestingly, the Windows CE Elf will be availble with a QVGA display, instead of the full VGA display used for Windows Mobile. Datalogic says that is to maximize backward compatibility with the J-Series and Pegaso devices.
We will be adding support for the Windows CE Elf to ITScriptNet, but in the mean time you could use the Pegaso CE client on this device and we expect it will work.
Honeywell has announced that it will support Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 on the Dolphin 6100 and 6500 along with Windows CE 5.0. We have a Dolphin 6500 with WEH6.5 in-house, and support is being added to ITScriptNet in our next release.
Honeywell has introduced Remote Mastermind for Mobility, a new tool for remote management of mobile computers. This software allows you to remotely install software, change configuration, track devices, and more.
Read more about Remote MasterMind here.
Honeywell is starting an ISV store where they will have live demos of ISV applications. We are putting together demos of some of our Solution Packs and Ready-To-Go Applications for the store. Yesterday Honeywell launched an ISV Store blog. We'll keep an eye on that as the store moves forward.
At the MMS conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft has announced some new tools for managing Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded devices. Once of these called System Center Configuration Manager 2012, and is used to manage devices that connect to Exchange Server, including Windows Embedded, iOS, and Android devices. In addition, a new version of Windows Embedded Device Manager is coming, which will help large organizations manage their fleet of Windows Embedded devices.
Honeywell has just introduced the Dolphin 99EX mobile computer. We have had a pair of these devices in-house for a few weeks, and we are adding support to ITScriptNet. They are very impressive!
Datalogic has posted an article discussing the best practices to maximize battery life on their mobile computers. They emphasize reducing the backlight brightness and the use of the WiFi and WWAN radios. There is also a discussion of battery charging practices.
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