Zebra announced end of sale on all MC3200 Android SKUs, all MC40 and MT2090 - WLAN models of the MT2000 series - by the end of 2018.
The MC3200 with Android OS is discontinued due to the availability of modern and objectively better MC3300 series. Thanks to one big overseas customer, Zebra is up and running at the last minute with outdated Android 4.2 on the MC3200 to version 5 (Lollipop).There are currently no planned EOS dates for the Microsoft CE 7.0 MC3200 SKUs at this time.
The MC40 is product with a long history. For this device Zebra have developed Android from Jellybean, Kitkat to Lollipop - which is quite unique in comparison to other devices, but also a lot of childhood illnesses. It was popular mainly in the US market.
The MT2090 with Windows CE 5 ends suddenly and without replacements due to the unavailability of Wi-Fi chips from subcontractors. The other scanner from the MT2000 series - MT2070 (w/o WiFi) - is still on offer.
In order to catch up with the competition, Zebra is launching successors of the TC51, TC56, TC70x, TC75x, and MC18. Common features of the new mobile terminals are the eight-core 64-bit Snapdragon 660 processor, 4 GB RAM and 32 GB flash memory, 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip, Bluetooth 5.0 with BLE support, support for minimum of three versions of the Android OS, starting with Android 8.1 Oreo, design almost unrecognizable to its predecessors and accessories compatible with its predecessors.
Specifically, these are the following types of devices:
Starting with Android 8.1, Zebra only releases GMS (Google Mobile Services) builds within each BSP build. Users previously used AOSP builds have the option to turn off Google applications and services using StageNow / MX.
Another device specific innovations include, for example,
The software features of all new terminals include the WorryFree WiFi utility for WiFi setup and troubleshooting.
Zebra is not yet planning to stop the previous terminal types. For example, for TC7X, three generations of devices remain available: TC70, TC70x and TC72 (Wi-Fi only), respectively. TC75, TC75x, and TC77 (Wi-Fi + WWAN).
The new, promising MC3300 Series launched by Zebra Technologies is trying to build on the tradition of the MC3000, MC3100 and MC3200 mobile terminals. This is a mid-range device that features technologies and features up-to-date in 2017. These include Android 7, a four-inch capacitive display, 802.11ac Wi-Fi radio, and a new type of fast-recharging battery.
Here are the basic facts about the MC3300 terminals:
MC3300 gun models can be ordered from December 2017, other configurations beginning March/April 2018. The MC3300 is expected to replace Android versions of MC3200 later in 2018. However, the MC3200 with Windows Embedded Compact 7 remains available.
In the near future, Zebra will launch new MC55X terminals, which are replacements for the discontinued MC55A0 and MC55N0. The Extended Life MC55X is a Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 with keypad device and will be compatible with MC55A0/MC55N0 accessories. It will have an updated dual core processor, improved data capture functionality with the SE4710 scan engine and increased memory of 512 MB RAM/2 GB Flash. It is available in both standard and healthcare configurations.
EU shipments should start in December 2017.
From October 26, 2017, Zebra officially launched a new Android Wi-Fi phone - the TC20. This device does not have cellular phone/mobile data connectivity, it just uses Wi-Fi to connect to the network. This makes TC20 suitable for small-medium sized businesses in the retail, hospitality and small footprint warehousing industries. The TC25 terminal with phone/mobile data connectivity will be launched later.
The TC20 does not replace any existing product in a range of Zebra mobile terminals. It is Zebras' entry into a segment of cheaper smart-devices for small and medium-sized businesses in retail and field services.
The TC20 solution has 4 different product configurations:
The inability to get required hardware components from the suppliers somewhat caught Zebra and found it unprepared to supply all configurations of the MC55 mobile terminals. They announced termination of the MC55A0 devices no later than August 31, 2017 (or perhaps earlier when stocks are exhausted) and MC55N0 no later than June 30, 2017. The MC55XL (Extended Life) replacement is promised as early as September to October 2017. The new MC55XL will have a similar architecture to MC67, Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, 2D SE4710 scan engine and more memory. It will be offered in standard and medical versions and the accessories will be compatible with MC55A0 and MC55N0.
Since the beginning of 2017, SOTI MobiControl version 13.3 is available.
In this release, you will find better support for Windows 10 Desktop (Anniversary Update), more options for latest series of Windows Mobile (Remote Control, File Sync Rule, Custom Data and Custom Attributes, and Package Deployment via Profiles), enhanced Android for Work and iOS support, and one detail that facilitates staging and managing Zebra Android devices. This is a support for profiles exported from Zebra StageNow in XML format (Export for MDM). With Soti, now you can simply apply all the settings that StageNow supports.
Clearlake Capital Group announced on January 23rd, 2017 it has completed the acquisition of LANDESK. In conjunction with the transaction close, LANDESK, HEAT Software, AppSense, Shavlik and Wavelink announced they have united under a new corporate name: Ivanti. Their new website is www.ivanti.com.
The good thing to note is: while the name and logo have changed, nothing will change about Wavelink products and company focus.
Zebra announced the launch of their new mid-tier mobile device flag ship - TC51 a TC56.
Zebra does not plan to terminate the offer of the MC40 or TC55 mobile terminals in the foreseeable future.
SOTI introduced the MobiControl 13.2 release.
The main new feature is the SOTI surf - a secure mobile browser for iOS and Android devices based on the Chromium open-source web browser. The security features include the following:
The other improvements are related to the SOTI Hub - a secure mobile content management application looking to deploy corporate content to their mobile workforce. SOTI hub now brings Data Loss
Prevention features, many UI/UX enhancements, SharePoint integration, a new “Download Manager” and several “Search on Server” improvements. SOTI hub is available for Google Android and Apple iOS devices from the Google Play and Apple App Store.
The SOTI MobiControl 13.2 release includes a new Android for Work agent that supports Google Android 7.0 (Nougat). It streamlines device deployment and adds key features that previously were
only available for mobile devices through SOTI Android+, specifically, packages via profiles and remote control. SOTI MobiControl 13.2 also includes many more device feature controls to make it
easier for an IT admin to configure and control mobile devices.