Make the switch to Android easy with insignia

With Microsoft’s plan to exit the enterprise device market they've announced they will be phasing out support and security updates for Windows Embedded Operating Systems (OS) in January 2020. That means there's less than a year left to make the switch, are you ready?

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

  • Microsoft is ending support of their Windows Embedded Operating System (OS) on January 14, 2020.
  • Windows users will no longer receive automatic fixes, software updates or security updates, increasing the risk of a security breach.
  • Android by Google is currently dominating the enterprise market, following Windows end of support as the sole choice to switch to.
  • There are two options available for upgrading to an Android OS - migration software and hardware upgrade.

The Next Step: Making the switch to Android

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.

Upgrade Options:

Staying with your current Microsoft OS may seem like the safest option, but it is also the easiest way to be left behind by the rest of the market. If businesses choose to continue using their mobile devices on a Microsoft Windows OS after 2020, they will no longer receive automatic fixes, updates or security updates, increasing the risk of a security breach.

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.

Since their inception, mobility devices have been adopted across a range of industries, and are continuing to grow as businesses are discovering new productivity enhancing applications for their devices. Mobility devices provide operators with real time support and many productivity-enhancing benefits to increase data accuracy and operator efficiency.

Some enterprise mobility devices currently on the market provide the opportunity to grow with your business into the future, by offering the option of supporting both Microsoft Windows 10 and Android Marshmallow operating systems. This offers businesses the flexibility to stay with their current OS and to upgrade to Android at a later date.

Find out more about our hardware upgrade options below.

Benefits of Android OS


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.

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.

Contact Us

Making the switch to Android offers major business enhancing benefits in terms of efficiency gains, improved interoperability and most importantly maintained security of sensitive information. Contact insignia today through the form below for more information on upgrading and future-proof your fleet.

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