Making the switch to Android is easy with insignia

A major shift is occurring within the mobile OS landscape. Windows is phasing out online support and security updates for Windows OS devices in 2020, increasing the risk of security breaches. Are you ready to make the switch to Android?

Are you with Windows? Here's what you need to know

  • Microsoft is phasing out support of their Windows Embedded Operating Systems (OS) in 2020
  • Windows users will no longer receive automatic fixes, updates or security updates, increasing the risk of a security breach
  • A broader choice of OS solutions are emerging, as consumer-focused industry giants such as Android by Google move into the enterprise market
  • The release of next-generation enterprise mobility devices delivers a step change in operator productivity and usability

Android: An Enterprise Ready Platform

In its prime, Microsoft's Windows OS platform captured 99% of the market share. Although as Windows prepares to end support for enterprise devices, other brands within the market are now vying for this position.

Android in particular is gaining strong ground, currently capturing 29% of the overall rugged device market. With a 10% increase since 2015 and a 48% growth year on year – there is no sign of slowing down.

Android OS provides many productivity-enhancing benefits, including improved interoperability, operator efficiency gains and enhanced user experience from a familiar user interface. 

Additionally, Android is an easy platform to develop on ad as a result there is a wide range of supporting applications available, designed to increase data accuracy and operator efficiency.


Productivity improvements from the use of advanced operating systems, devices and purpose-built software.


Efficiency gains from updating internal processes to eliminate waste and reduce task complexity.


 Accuracy improvements with advanced data collection capabilities that reduce error associated costs.

The Next Step

There are two options available for upgrading to an Android OS: either through migration software or through a hardware upgrade. Both of these options offer a great opportunity for businesses to increase their operational efficiencies and productivity while at the same time containing costs.

If your business has recently invested in mobility devices with an Android OS, shifting applications to an Android platform using migration software is the best option. Alternatively, if your legacy devices are reaching end of life, upgrading your devices to versions that support Android is a more cost-effective solution.

For businesses running a CE or Windows Embedded Handheld today, the following key lifecycle dates will help you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or made other changes to your software.

Software Upgrade - Migration Software Ivanti

Migration Software - Ivanti

Migration software is a flexible and cost efficient option for businesses to transfer their existing apps to an Android platform without the need to rewrite current programs.

insignia recommends Velocity by Ivanti to modernise your existing applications into intuitive apps for your Android platform. Velocity transforms Windows applications from their original 'green screen' to a touch and voice enabled app. This provides the familiar, multi-touch experience of personal devices into mission critical apps that drive your business.

Hardware Upgrade 

Flexible Operating System

Zebra MC67 Mobile Computer

The MC67 may be small in size but not in features. This comprehensive mobile computer provides the tools for your field workers to work faster and smarter. The MC67 can scan barcodes in any condition, capture documents to simplify record keeping, access information in the backend system, and capture and send videos and photos for real-time repair support.

  • Base and Premium model options to suit different needs and budgets
  • Ultra rugged IP65 and IP67 sealing (Premium models) and IP64 sealing (Base models)
  • Dual Core 1GHz processer
  • Supports Windows and Android operating systems
  • Integrated GPS
  • Three scan engines available

Honeywell CK75 Mobile Computer

Smaller and lighter than other ultra-rugged computers in its class, and packed with productivity-enhancing features. Honeywell's CK75 mobile computer is designed to thrive in challenging warehouse and distribution environments. Combining industrial grade materials and next-generation features, the CK75 delivers maximum business agility and flexibility in even the harshest environmental conditions.

  • 31% smaller and lighter than other ultra-rugged devices
  • Can switch between Windows Embedded 6.5 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Rugged design withstands 2.4m drops to concrete
  • IP67 seal rating against water and dust
  • 2GB RAM 16GB Flash
  • Cold Storage model includes touch screen and scan window heaters

Honeywell CN51 Mobile Computer

With its multi touch, outdoor-readable screen, long battery life and highly accurate barcode scanning capabilities, the CN51 is designed for superior user experience. Equipped with a 5-megapixel colour camera and Honeywell's innovative image processing technology, the CN51 mobile computer offers unparalleled quality and performance.

  • Supports Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Mobile Document Imaging (MDI) and Remote Deposit Capture (RDC) functionality means courier drivers can transmit documents from point of capture to the back-office remotely
  • 4 inch WVGA multi-touch display screen for less scrolling and greater productivity
  • CloneNGo facilitates simple device setting cloning for a fleet, from a single master unit to an unlimited number of devices
  • Rugged design withstands 1.5m concrete drop
  • 1.5GHz dual-core multi engine processor 

Next Generation Devices

Zebra TC8000- Mobile Touch Computer

The ergonomic TC8000 mobile computer boasts an extensive list of productivity-enhancing features, designed to streamline processes. Increasing productivity by 14%, the TC8000 adds an extra hour of productivity per worker, per workday. The innovative screen eliminates the 'tilt and verify' motion, increasing efficiency on each scan.

  • 33% lighter than traditional models to reduce muscle fatigue
  • Type up to 40% faster with 60% fewer errors compared to traditional push keyboards
  • Rugged TC8000 withstands multiple 2.4m drops onto concrete
  • Scan barcodes from 7.62cm to 21.4m
  • Central processing unit Dual Core 1.7GHz processer
  • Extensive range of accessories available
  • Ideal in warehousing, logistics and manufacturing

Zebra TC51- Mobile Touch Computer

The Zebra TC51/TC56 is a rugged mobile touch computer with the look and feel of a consumer-style smart phone. Packed with exclusive Zebra enterprise-class features, delivering unmatched processing power and security and manageability for your business requirements. The TC51/ TC56 is a touch computer that is truly in a class of its own.

  • Both Wi-Fi enabled (TC51) & Wi-Fi and 4G enabled devices (TC56) ensures fast and dependable wireless connections
  • Active Edge Touch Zone for one-touch access to frequently-used features and applications
  • PowerPrecision+ battery provides best-in-class power to support
  • 13MP Camera for ultra-high resolution photos
  • Supports Android Marshmallow
  • Unsurpassed security with Zebra's Mobility Extensions (Mx)
  • Ideal in logistics, field service and retail based applications

Zebra WT6000- Wearable Terminal Series

Introducing the next generation in industrial wearable computers. The WT6000 Terminal Series streamlines warehouse and package handling functions and reduces errors associated with handling paper or handheld mobile devices. Achieve maximum comfort, durability and error-proof productivity with the WT6000.

  • Pair with RS6000 ring scanner for hands-free flexibility to capture 1D and 2D barcodes on the go
  • Ideal for challenging environments and designed to withstand dust, water and cold
  • Rugged design can withstand 4ft drop and 1000 tumbles
  • Supports Android Lollipop 5.1
  • Hardened touchscreen improves display lifecycle and virtually impervious to scratches
  • Wearable straps provide superior comfort, hygiene and safety
  • Ideal in warehousing, transport & logistics, retail and manufacturing environments.

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Making the switch to Android offers major benefits for business in terms of efficiency gains, improved interoperability and maintained security of sensitive information. For more information on next steps, or recommendations for your upgrade pathway, please provide your contact details below and we'll be in touch with you soon.

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