xTablet Flex 10 Windows Tablet Torture Chamber

xTablet Flex 10 Windows Tablet Torture Chamber

The xTablet Flex 10 windows tablet torture chamber video was shot to show how the veterans at MobileDemand have come up with a new class of tablet for enterprise mobility. Not only does the xTablet Flex 10 use Windows 8.1 it is thin and light and comes with a protective case, carry handle, back-strap and scratch-proof screen protector. All of which extends the life of the unit beyond that of a typical consumer-grade tablet. Read the review.

Warning – Don’t try this with your iPAD.

Learn More Weighing in at 1.1kg xTablet Flex 10 has the dynamics of a consumer product without the steep cost associated with a traditional rugged tablet pc. Get in touch for more details.

 

Top 5 Mobile Stories of 2009

Top 5 Mobile Stories of 2009

Top 5 Mobile Stories of 2009

Cast your mind back five years Microsoft launched Windows 7 Barack Obama became US President and Avatar was the biggest grossing movie taking in $761m.

Things move very fast in mobility so lets take a look back at what were some of the top mobile stories of 2009.

 

“iSlate” Rumours

This was an era when nearly a quarter of all PC sales in Europe were made up of sub laptop devices called “Netbooks” sporting mini screens and tiny keyboards. Rumors were swirling that Apple intended to bring out a device called “iSlate” a consumer grade breakthrough tablet to sell alongside the iPhone and iPod. Many commentators decided this was never going to happen including this hilarious article from PC World

As we all know the iPad was released in April of 2010 and some 200m units later the rest is history…

Navigation for the Masses

At the time Apple limited users to expensive options from TomTom or CoPilot. When Google Launched Google Maps Navigation a whole new functional area was born. This enabled Android users to use navigation straight from their phones and thus consigned many dedicated GPS navigation units to car boot sales.

Smartphone Adoption and Dominant Player Meltdown

Early in 2009 if you had a “smartphone” it was probably a Blackberry who had 55% market share in the US 20% globally and strong financials. If you were still using a plain cell phone it was likely to have been a Nokia who at the time boasted 41% world wide share. Later in the year one survey figured that 39% of people had a smartphone Blackberry still accounting for the largest portion of U.S. market share with 50% followed by Apple at 30% Palm with 7% and Android around 3%.

Adoption is now well over 50% in most markets with rates in some counties breaking 80%. In 2017, IDC expects that 1.7 billion smartphones will be shipped.

You all know what became of Blackberry and Nokia…

Android Goes Mainstream

It took a while to get off the ground but 2009 was the year Android went mainstream. All of a sudden it was obvious that the iPhone was not the only cool handset with built in music social media and the ability to browse the web.

The Motorola Droid got a lot of headlines and was a bestseller in the US but HTC Samsung and Sony all had success with early versions of devices on Android platforms.

Market share of the Android OS is now thought to be @80% worldwide…

Battery Power

We take this increasingly for granted but the development of mobile devices has led to huge innovation in battery technology to drive such features as LTE, Wi-Fi, Video,  Cameras GPS and those huge bright screens.

In 2009 1500 a mAh battery was the industry’s high water mark yielding for many smartphone users a battery life of about 6 hours

At the launch of the Galaxy S5 earlier this year Samsung boasted of a 2,800 mAh battery that the company claims can deliver 11 hours of video playback or 10 hours of web browsing over LTE.

So what can we learn from the top mobile stories of 2009 ? Things change fast and innovation and good timing can often by key to the success of new products.  If you are into crystal ball gazing mobile technology it may be safe to make a prediction 12 months out but 3 to 5 years is much much more difficult.

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Blue Collar BYOD in Enterprise Mobility Fact or Fiction?

Blue Collar BYOD in Enterprise Mobility Fact or Fiction?

Blue Collar BYOD in Enterprise Mobility Fact or Fiction?

Gartner surveyed a bunch of CIOs last year and found that half are aiming to get to a Bring Your Own Device only model by 2017. Not surprisingly their employees were less than convinced of the benefits highlighting many issues like reimbursement and security.

BYOD coverage almost always focuses on the adoption of technology by white collar staff. As the Gartner study pointed out the employee travels to work under their own steam in his own clothes and brings his own pen so why not a computer. Just make sure all the security angles are covered come up with a HR policy. Bingo! instant saving and less money tied up with pesky technology. This is an attractive proposal for some organisations but whether it will actually save them any money long term is debatable.

What If….

lf the fuss over zero hours contracts is anything to go by it is certain that the nature of work is changing. What we thought was the norm sometime ago has been displaced by an atmosphere of anything being possible.

So what is stopping an organisation requiring hourly paid blue collar employees to bring their own mobile device to work to carry out that inventory POD or field service task?

As the white collar fraternity iron out the security app access and HR issues this will be the next step. Especially as the trend to having fewer permanent staff takes hold for people in mobile worker roles.

Crazy I hear you think well maybe, but not so long ago not many would have predicted large education software finance and airline users rolling out thousands of consumer grade tablet computers.

The attraction of shifting all that expense to the blue collar employee is likely to be irresistible for some companies. To make it work they would partner with a device supplier maybe on an exclusive basis. They would be able to provision sell rent manage and support an appropriate unit on iOS Android or Windows platforms to an employee from day one.

Changing Attitudes Starts at the Coffee Shop

How will employers get staff used to this concept?  In this dystopian future a University student works in a pub or coffee shop. Embracing the very best of the zero hours culture the chain posts hours available to work on an app. Potential staff can compete with each other to flag their availability or even outbid each other for the work on a shift or hourly basis. The only way they can be involved is having their own smartphone in the first place and be registered or pre-approved to bid. There are already examples of this Elance marketplace developing for the skilled freelance community. Watch out for it becoming more mobile and more the norm in the semi and unskilled sector.

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Seven Key Enterprise Mobility IT Trends for 2014

Seven Key Enterprise Mobility IT Trends for 2014

Seven Key Enterprise Mobility IT Trends for 2014

Its the time of the year when we take a look into our crystal ball and consider what will be the seven key enterprise mobility IT trends for 2014.

How many of these that we identified for 2013 did you see during the year?

We are looking for trends that are likely to prove key in helping you figure out if you can generate a return on investment for your Enterprise Mobility projects.

 1. Shorter Replacement Cycles

Traditional sales pitch for an enterprise grade rugged device involves a replacement cycle of 3- 5 years based on the premise of a superior TCO and being able to repair the unit long term.

This proposition will start to become outmoded for many buyers who are used to 24 month re-fresh and a faster moving product life. Out of contract cost of repair is not dropping as traditional device manufactures try and make up margin by selling repair services.

2. Tablets and iPads.

If you just landed on Earth you would be forgiven for thinking that Apple invented tablet computing in 2010. In fact whilst the iPad has shipped in the millions rugged enterprise grade tablets had been around for years before that. Apple continues to lose market share but is happy being the premium product especially for C Level types. Is the iPad a tablet or some sort of entertainment portal – who cares. Devices have become lighter and more manageable meaning that users in organisations of all sizes are now just as comfortable with 7″ to 10″ screen formats than with a handheld or PDA form factor. In the UK IDC estimates that 25% of tablets shipped between July and September were under £120 ($190) and it expects this part of the market to grow over the next few years.

Expect to see more people looking to use more larger format tablets and more apps more often for enterprise tasks whatever the brand or OS.

3. R.I.P. Windows Mobile

Is this the year more enterprise mobility deployments go out on Android rather than Windows Mobile? Android is attacking the space from all angles and according to IDC accounts for 81% of all Smartphone shipments. That is quite a wave for Enterprise Mobility to dodge even though Apple alone accounts for 56% of the profit in the sector.

Watch out for more Android and innovative products like the Intermec CN51 which can be “upgraded” to Android in the future.

4. Rugged Android Device Battles

It’s over before it started. More rugged enterprise mobile Android units will enter the market . At the moment they seem to be happy slugging it out on price. Clearly this cannot last and for some vendors this could be a quickly deflating bubble.

New players may well start to be become dominant amid the beginning of a shake out in traditional vendors as only the fittest and most innovative will survive this.

5. Bring Your Own Device

Yawn… I hear you think not another mention about BYOD.  Whatever the hype more companies have been organising their HR and security policies to suit a deployment. Perhaps they are spurred on by Gartner predicting that 38% of surveyed CIOs will cease to provide personal IT devices to their employees by 2016.  But is it worth it? Perhaps not, one piece of research by Nucleus explained how BYOD would actually increase costs without providng any tangible benefits.

No matter what the cost many will find the approach compelling enough to fudge the numbers to fit their scenario. More companies will be doing BYOD trials and one will surely try it to impose it on blue collar workers.  After all its far too hip to go away.

6. Even More Wi-Fi

An IDC report describes how in spite of its relative maturity the enterprise WLAN market continues to go up with revenues growing at a 20% rate in recent years. Reports indicate Cisco having a solid @55% market share primary loser seems to be Motorola Solutions.

Two factors continue to drive growth in WLAN deployments. The added oomph given by all those BYOD users hooking on to corporate Wi-Fi with their iPad’s and Android devices. Also cellular operators will be looking to add more enterprise grade Wi-Fi provision to their networks and value added offerings.

7. Secure Mobile File Sharing

By giving white collar users mobile access to secure collaboration and file sharing, enterprises can boost business productivity and organizational agility. However, IT departments need to ensure that mobile file sharing never puts at risk the security of an organisation’s data.

As Keith Hall of Accellion comments,  “While “anytime, anywhere” might sound like a pipe dream that can never truly be fulfilled, we really mean it. Users have to be able to securely access any enterprise content they need, whenever needed from any type of device. And then edit the data, share it, save it – whatever is required for the task at hand. That’s mobile productivity at its finest and secure file sharing solutions will be at the center of this trend to watch”.

The Wildcards

How could we leave out Near Field Communication – NFC? Does it have a future in the mainstream? With more Android based devices being used in Enterprise Mobility expect to see more of this in a number of apps starting with proof of delivery.

Optical Character Recognition – OCR. Reading text is a great alternative to reading barcodes or RFID tags. There are plenty of human readable applications that could benefit from this approach.

Seven Key Enterprise Mobility IT Trends for 2014

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Why Is A Rugged Tablet PC Heavier Than An iPad ?

Why Is A Rugged Tablet PC Heavier Than An iPad ?

Steve Kunert Rugged Tablet PC Director of Engineering at MobileDemand explains:

Why Is A Rugged Tablet PC Heavier Than An iPAD ? There is that “Oh, !*?#” exclamation when a consumer tablet is dropped and shrapnel flies everywhere. Workers with rugged tablets accidentally drop their tablets and simply pick them up and keep on working.

The thing most people unfamiliar with rugged tablet PC systems say when they first hold one is, “Wow! That’s heavy. Why?” The answer is pretty straightforward. The rugged tablets are designed and built to survive every day all day, intensive use. Rugged tablets such as MobileDemand’s xTablet T1200 with an i5 processor and a 10.4” screen are full Windows 7 or Windows 8 capable devices.

Why Is A Rugged Tablet PC Heavier Than An iPAD ?

 

 

Rugged PC Review MobileDemand xTablet T1200

Rugged PC Review MobileDemand xTablet T1200

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Rugged PC Review took a look at at the new MobileDemand xTablet T1200 that was offically introduced in October,. The T1200 is a fully Windows 8 rugged Tablet PC packing an Intel Ivy Bridge i5 chipset for professionals that don’t have the luxury of working in cozy office buildings. This tablet means business and packs a several features mobile users will appreciate.

To continue reading the full review and to see some great analysis of the T1200 please visit Rugged PC Review

Back here at MobileWorxs the xTablet T1200 offers a great return on investment ROI 3 year warranty, WWAN great screen and Intel i5 processor. Lease rates will be competitive get in touch for more details. The versatility of MobileDemand xTablet T1200 makes it ideal for users in any environment considering rugged tablet pc deployments including agriculture transport and logistics, field service, facilities management, van sales, retail supply chain management, manufacturing warehousing and the public sector.

New T1200 will be available in early 2013. Please contact us to pre-register your interest and arrange a demonstration.

 

Andrew Cahill

Andrew Cahill MobileWorxs MD has 20 years of experience in the use of enterprise mobility solutions and applications to improve the performance of real life business processes.

Andrew has worked on some of the largest Enterprise Mobility projects in the UK Eastern Europe the Middle East and Africa. He has user and project experience in helping companies think through and develop mobile strategies to get the most out of a deployment. He also likes old cars preferably with lots of chrome!

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Mobile Enterprise Magazine Five Reasons to Choose Rugged Over Consumer Devices

Mobile Enterprise Magazine Five Reasons to Choose Rugged Over Consumer Devices

Guest Blog by By Kelly Harris, Business Development Manager at  Barcoding, Inc.

Rugged 10" tablet PC
Rugged Tablet PC

Consumer and rugged devices serve different purposes and different markets. An article published in Mobile Enterprise magazine cites five reasons to choose rugged over consumer devices and talks about how line of business devices are still preferable for many people in field based industries.

 

First major consideration Windows .NET is a more consistent platform than iOS, Android or Blackberry for long term projects that require task-specific software.

Second, Rugged devices offer ease of use — not just for the end user, but also for security, initial deployment, compliance and ongoing support personnel. Third, calculating Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) reveals that IP65 enabled rugged devices can be much less expensive in the long run. Rugged devices also offer more flexibility in terms of carrier contracts and service pricing

Finally, rugged mobile devices support multiple functions and necessary accessories for a wide range of field tasks and have the long battery life to sustain this all-in-one solution.

 Read the entire article from Mobile Enterprise Magazine

Get in touch to see how we can help you with your enterprise mobility requirements for rugged handhelds a rugged tablet pc or software for mobile application development

Andrew CahillAndrew Cahill MobileWorxs MD has 20 years of experience in the use of enterprise mobility solutions and applications to improve the performance of real life business processes.

Andrew has worked on some of the largest Enterprise Mobility projects in the UK Eastern Europe the Middle East and Africa. He has user and project experience in helping companies think through and develop mobile strategies to get the most out of a deployment.

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iPhone Screen Rendering for Enterprise Mobile Apps

 

iPhone Screen Rendering for Enterprise Mobile Apps

iPhone Screen Rendering for Enterprise Mobile Apps

Wondering about iPhone screen rendering for enterprise mobile apps ? Or if you have created apps for iPhone you are likely aware that the iPhone 5 has introduced some radical changes to the screen. Leaving most developers scrambling to update their apps.

 

With MobileFrame v5.1 Intelligent Rendering means your apps will re-size to properly fit the iPhone 5 screen without requiring any work on your part. Ensuring your apps work flawlessly whether on a iPhone 5, 4/4S Android or .NET device of any screen dimensions is as simple as setting up anchoring and letting our intelligent rendering handle the rest. Write once, deploy anywhere…

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How can we do this? think of our platform like PowerPoint; You buy PowerPoint once and you create as many presentations as you like. Our solution is the same. Buy once and create as many flexible mobile applications as required a great total cost of ownership model for your business:

  • Build flexible applications that exactly match your business needs.
  • Enterprise grade work flows rules and processes without coding.
  • Code-free seamless integration with back-end systems.
  • Build applications in days rather than months.
  • Change applications instantly in real-time.

For more information on anchoring and intelligent screen rendering click here.

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Windows 8 in the Mobile Enterprise

Windows 8 release – Impact On the Mobile Enterprise

Windows is Windows right!? Each version has had some level of backwards compatibility so you can run an app built for XP on Vista or 7, or in the mobile enterprise Windows Mobile 5 on 6.5, give or take a few tweaks depending how the application was designed. Windows 8 will be the same?

Microsoft Windows 8At the moment it’s difficult to know exactly how Windows 8 will perform, especially when looking at the mobile market for WOA (Windows on ARM), which is mobile devices running Windows 8 on ARM processors. This is because the hardware isn’t available yet. Manufacturers are hard at work creating hardware from scratch up just for WOA.

The devices themselves will share a wide amount of commonality with the full Windows 8 Desktop OS, bridging the gap between the two, but with the aim of the best of both worlds. That is combining the reduced footprint of Mobile with the features of a desktop OS. But the issue here is there will be no third party desktop applications. Applications have to go through the store, which become Metro (design language Windows 8 is based upon).

Rugged PDAs running Windows Mobile 6.5 may have to stay on Windows Mobile 6.5 for a while longer. Embedded versions of Windows Phone 7/8 are in the Microsoft road map later in the year but with no release dates the Mobile Enterprise market may have to wait. Not confirmed, but Windows may move away from the Compact Framework in the next release. Until Microsoft do confirm this there is little point worrying about it, but if they do it may mean challenges for a huge host of major players in the Mobile Enterprise.

Looking more at the Windows 8 platform as a whole, it is a cross device platform all linked via a Windows Live account. This means your “Live” content should be accessible from any Windows 8 device. Keeping the same OS layout over multiple devices will mean overall ease of use when switches between form factor.

Windows 8 32-bit & 64-bit based offerings on Intel/AMD will be released around October. Intel are currently working on optimising their processors to work with Windows 8 tablet machines.

Applications that were previously installed on Windows 7 can be installed in Windows 8 using the desktop – There are two types of GUI, the metro style block apps and the standard Windows Desktop. If already using Windows 7, a jump to Windows 8 shouldn’t be too much of a struggle. It should be an improvement.

At the moment it seems the Mobile Enterprise won’t be affected until the new release of Windows Mobile is launched. Microsoft’s goal appears to be taking some of the tablet market Apple & Samsung have dominated.

The key question is: As Android starts to become a consideration in the Enterprise market, is it worth waiting to see what Microsoft come out with and stay on Windows Mobile 6.5?

Benefits of a Rugged Tablet PC in Agriculture

Key benefits of a Rugged Tablet PC in Agriculture

Rugged Tablet PC in Agriculture

So what are the key benefits of a rugged tablet pc in agriculture ? Most importantly our products all utilise Windows 7 Professional so can operate your standard desktop apps and web browser sessions outside all day. This enables staff to access and record relevant information in the field eliminating the need for paper based capture of data which then has to be re-keyed into another system.

Our most popular product in the sector is the T7000. This unit is IP65 and built for the harsh environments of the agriculture industry. T7000 is designed for durability comes with an outdoor readable screen Bluetooth GPS Wi-Fi and 3G.  The unit will withstand the harshest environments including dust, water, rain extreme temperatures and repeated drops.

We also have the accessories to make your Rugged Tablet PC even more productive.

  • Snap on QWERTY keyboard.
  • Carry Case.
  • Desk and Vehicle Docks.
  • High Capacity Batteries.

In our experience there are a number of key agriculture operations where a device like this can help:

  • Track animals using RFID and bar code scanning – Watch the Video
  • Monitor veterinary care.
  • Control water irrigation flow.
  • Monitor Seed Trials.
  • Pin-point the application of fertilizer.
  • Manure management.
  • Track growing conditions.
  • GPS tracking of agriculture vehicles.

One dairy in the US was using RFID tags for cattle tracking but the devices were proving less than satisfactory. This is where MobileDemand came in and provided the farm with a unit that had superior power and flexibility. Read the Box Canyon Dairy case study

We can also build an agriculture application for you to go on your rugged tablet pc. Check out these sample thin client Apps that you can view on your web browser on a smart phone tablet or desktop.

Optimising labour and resources is as important as in any other industry. Key point here is that if the device is to be used literally in the field the unit must be optimised for that enviroment.