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Intermec, Inc. (NYSE: IN) today announced a new HTML5-capable browser, allowing for the development of OS agnostic web applications that can run on iOS, Android and select Intermec rugged mobile computers, enhancing workflow efficiency and offering increased flexibility to mobile workforces.
Unique to the industry, Intermec’s HTML5 offering includes a true web browser application, based on WebKit
TM, for multiple models of Intermec’s handheld computers for Windows® Mobile and Windows Embedded operating systems. Additionally, Intermec’s HTML5-capable browser supports applications designed to run either on-line (connected to a web server), off-line (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,” said Earl Thompson, Intermec Senior Vice President, Mobile Solutions Business Unit. “Offering much more than the next iteration of web language, Intermec’s HTML5 offering extends the Web paradigm to a whole new class of future-proofed applications by allowing for them to be developed and deployed cross-platform.”
Intermec’s HTML5 browser for Windows Embedded Handheld is not only built on the state-of-the-art Webkit engine, like iOS® and Android
TM, but it is offered conveniently preloaded and free of licensing fees or license activation requirements on Intermec CN50, CS40, CN70, CN70e and CK70, and is available for free download for the CK3, CK71 and CV41. HTML5 applications that run on consumer-grade smartphones and tablets can now also be run on these select Intermec 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 quickly with minimal overhead making workflows more responsive. And, with future operating system roadmaps uncertain, porting applications to HTML5, or developing new applications using HTML5, offers programmers the ability to create a single code base that will run on Windows Mobile, Android and iOS to provide a solid path toward future technologies.