Intermec announced an HTML5-capable browser, allowing for the development of OS agnostic web apps that can run on iOS, Android and select Intermec rugged mobile computers to improve workflow efficiency and offer increased flexibility to the workforce.
The offering includes a web browser app, based on WebKit, for multiple models of the company’s handheld computers for the Windows Mobile and Embedded operating systems. Additionally, the browser supports apps designed to run either online while connected to a web server, offline with no connection to a web server or a combination of the two.
“Intermec’s new HTML5-capable browser offers enterprises the flexibility to equip their mobile workers with a modern user interface and latest business logic, along with the right device for their specific working conditions and usage demands,” says Earl Thompson, Intermec senior vice president, mobile solutions business unit. “The offering extends the web paradigm to a new class of future-proofed apps by allowing them to be developed and deployed cross-platform.”
The browser for Windows Embedded Handheld is offered preloaded and free of licensing fees or license activation requirements on the company’s CN50, CS40, CN70, CN70e and CK70 handheld computers, and is available for free download for the CK3, CK71 and CV41 models. HTML5 apps that run on consumer-grade smartphones and tablets can also be run on these rugged mobile computers without changes or rewrites.
For improved workflow efficiency, data can be stored locally on the device until synchronization with the back-end server is available, eliminating time lost due to poor cellular coverage. Transactional data can also be updated with minimal overhead, making workflows more responsive. Additionally, porting apps or developing new ones using HTML5 offers programmers the ability to create a single code base that will run on Windows Mobile, Android and iOS to lead toward future technologies.