In the Q2 of 2015 Zebra Technologies introduced the second generation of their industrial Symbol TC55 phones with Android 4.4 KitKat. You can choose between configurations without the scanner, the SE655 1D scanner or SE4710 2D imager. The device is supplied with a USB charging cable, but not the power supply. TC55 is offered with two-years Zebra OneCare maintenance contract that does not include comprehensive care. There are both configurations including support for Google Mobile Services (GMS) and Enterprise configurations without GMS.
Existing TC55 devices with Jelly Bean, can be upgraded to KitKat without the possibility of returning back to Jelly Bean.
At the end of summer 2015 Zebra will terminate the MC3100 series, ie. MC3100 batch and MC3190 WLAN versions, and also industrial gun terminals MC9190-G. Specifically, MC31xx have the last book dat set on August 28, 2015 and MC9190-G on September 14, 2015.
The MC3100 Series is superseded by MC32N0 mobile devices utilizing newer hardware components and improved batteries. The MC32N0 are available with Windows CE 7 and Android Jellybean. Windows Mobile is not available. All accessories (except the batteries) are compatible with a MC3100 Series.
The MC9190-G terminals are superseded by MC92N0-G with the same robustness and faster hardware. Currently, the MC92N0-G are available with Windows CE 7 and Windows Mobile 6.5.3. In the near future Android (KitKat) version should be released. The MC92N0 accessories are compatible with the MC9000 and MC9100 Series.
From the above it is clear that Android is finding its way to the industrial scanners and Microsoft mobile operating systems are retreating from the use. End of support for Windows Mobile 6.5.3 is scheduled from Microsoft for 2020, Windows CE 7 will be supported by a year longer. The question is, what changes in the market will feature mobile version of Windows 10 (if at all).
SOTI launched MobiControl version 12 with new features and improvements.
New Features include the following:
Here is the list of some other news related to the MobiControl v12:
SOTI licenses are available as perpetual, end user hosted and SOTI hosted.
Zebra announced the launch of software tools for staging of mobile devices with Android OS called StageNow.
StageNow is based on the idea of Rapid Deployment. Using barcodes scanned into StageNow client (with a new possibility of using NFC tags) you can setup wireless connectivity and stage mobile device with all necessary settings and applications. In addition, it is possible to do both OEM OS updates, wipe devices, enroll them to an MDM, change system settings like regional settings, certificates, system time, etc.
StageNow client will be preinstalled on devices with Android KitKat marketed during 2015. For staging devices with Jelly Bean will be possible to use the original Rapid Deployment Client that some features / options here will not be supported.
StageNow server will be available free of charge. Install will require just desktop Windows OS, not a Windows server.
StageNow is not intended as an MDM system, but only as a tool to ease the initial device staging.
StageNow will not support mobile devices with Windows Mobile OS (WinCE / WM) or devices from manufacturers other than Zebra.
End of the engineering support (new firmware development, AP support on the RF controllers etc.) is set by AP621, AP622 and AP-7181 to December 14th, 2015, while by AP650 and AP-7131 to May 15th, 2017. Service support will be available up to May 13th, 2020.
Motorola staff already have e-mail addresses at the zebra.com domain and modifying profiles on Linked-in ...
Following the ET1 tablet, handheld terminals MC40, MC67 and MC3200, TC55 industrial phone and CC5000 multimedia kiosk Motorola (now Zebra) with a great welcome event announced on October 21, 2014 a new mobile device - Symbol TC70 with Android operating system. The labeling can be seen in continuity with the popular MC70 series and a return to the old well-known mark Symbol - now it will be used on scanners, mobile devices and Wi-Fi products from the Zebra.
If you hold the Symbol TC70 in your hand, you feel that it is an overgrown phone (but it is not a phone!), or rather a smaller tablet. In any case the device is durable enough for use in an harsh enterprise environment.
TC70 basic specification:
TC70 accessories will be rich:
Ordering of TC70 should be possible since November 2014.
With Psion acquisition Motorola offers now also TekTerm Telnet emulators. Latest 7.0 version is available both for Psion and legacy Motorola devices. TekTerm supports Windows CE/ Windows Embedded Compact, Windows Mobile/Windows Embdedded Handheld and desktop Windows (PC). Software had been tested and validated for the following mobile device types:
It should work on all other Motorola devices running supported OS. The TekTerm Client supports ANSI, VT-100, or VT-200 and IBM 5250 or 3270 emulations with a maximum of 8 sessions whether it is connecting directly to the host application or through the Communication / TekTerm Server 9500, 9510 or SW95xx. TekTerm Client also provides features such as various fonts, font colors, and screen sizes, as well as SSH secure connections.
The demo version of TekTerm Client v7.0 can be downloaded here. After 30 minutes a pop-up message appears warning the user that this is a demo version and the connection to the host is then disconnected.
TekTerm Client will install to the devices known persistent storage location and save it’s configuration in non-volatile storage. The TekTerm Client CAB file includes a setup utility that detects which device it is being installed on and copies the files to that devices persistent file storage. For Psion devices this is the \Flash Disk folder (configuration is saved to the registry) and for Motorola devices persistent storage is the \Application folder for both configuration and TekTerm files.
TekTerm does not control or configure the scanning of a device (like Wavelink TE does). Scanner must be utilized via DataWedge (Motorola) or Scanner Service (Psion).
TekTerm is not available for Android or iOS.
On Saturday, May 17, 2014 I attended lectures and exhibitions on the history and present of Motorola company in the Museum of West Bohemiain Pilsen. An ardent enthusiast Pavel Mašek presented the founders of Motorola and the products of this company since its inception brought to market. There were also mock and exhibits functional phones including Iridium satellite phone, rugged laptops, radios and various contemporary promotional items and flyers. Participants had the opportunity to meet with current Motorola enterprise products like mobile terminals and Wi-Fi networks. Internet access (hotspot) for the event was delivered by Motorola RFS4000 RFcontroller with AP650 access points.
More info (in Czech) at www.staredobrecasy.cz.