Android edition is coming to a scanner near you
At Tasklet Factory, our main goal is to provide a solid and future-proof solution to our customers. In that goal lies the ability to support the best hardware devices on the market.
In recent years, the preferred operating system of rugged mobile devices have slowly started to shift from Windows Mobile / Embedded Handheld to other platforms. Android seems to be the new standard, but devices are also using different kinds of Windows. In order for us to accommodate requests for these and future mobile platforms, we have chosen to develop our new app using the Xamarin framework. This framework enables us to develop and maintain one code base, and with a little extra work, release to both Android, Windows and iOS, while still ending up with a native app, and not just a web site disguised as one.
In order to ensure that we will support the many flavors of Android, we have been developing with a wide range of devices, from high-end rugged devices with built-in scanners, to consumer devices with just a camera. Some of the devices we have been using during development are the Zebra TC-75, Zebra TC-8000, Honeywell CT-50, and the faithful Intermec CN-51. The cool thing about the CN-51, besides being rock solid, is that it can be re-flashed to run Android. This means that devices now running Windows Embedded Handheld can be re-flashed and used with the new app once it is released.
At Tasklet Factory, we recognize that warehouse hardware is expensive, and that our customers will keep using their current devices until they wear out. Therefore, it has been an important goal in the development that devices using our current app and devices using the new app can co-exist, making the transition seamless.
The new Android app will be officially released later this year. We will start beta testing with select customers now to get feedback on the new user experience and to make sure it can survive in the real world.
- Support all features of the current Mobile WMS solution
- Implement a new forklift solution using a large screen device and an external scanner
- Implement a new wearable solution with a ring scanner to get a “hands-free” experience