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By Rich Handley

Zebra Technologies Offers Android Enterprise Smartphone for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses

Zebra Technologies has introduced its TC20 rugged mobile computer, designed to meet the needs of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The TC20 is a light, durable device developed for indoor use for SMBs in such sectors as retail and hospitality. The TC20 provides a built-in scanner, longer battery life and increased connectivity, the company reports.

The TC20 comes in models designed for 1D and 2D bar-code scanning. Pairing the device with Zebra's RFD2000 UHF RFID sled adds UHF RFID tag reading, writing and locationing capabilities, making it suitable for retail store environments. Small businesses can benefit from integrated bar-code and RFID tag reading, the firm reports, thereby eliminating the need for unreliable, slower and power-intensive smartphone cameras.

The TC20 is designed to withstand dusty environments and accidental drops. With Zebra OneCare, LifeGuard for Android provides extended security updates, ensuring the operating system's security.

The device comes with a 4.3-inch screen and an Android interface. Available in all-touch or "touch and keyboard" form factors, the TC20 enables employees to spend more time focused on customers. Designed as an enterprise smartphone, the TC20 is powered by Mobility DNA and its ecosystem of software, such as Datawedge, StageNow, PowerPrecisions and Mobility Extensions.

Using Zebra's Workforce Connect Push-to-Talk Express, staff members can perform voice communications via a wireless local-area network (LAN) to communicate one on one or in groups. This, the company reports, allows users to coordinate and react to changing needs in real time, and to improve customer service. A range of accessories, such as a snap-on power pack to support continuous use, hand straps, holsters and a snap-on trigger handle, allow personnel to use the TC20 for a variety of tasks with reduced strain and improved efficiency.

"Zebra's TC20 provides a compelling case for smaller businesses to set aside familiar, consumer-centric mobile devices in favor of a dedicated, versatile and purpose-built device," said Bryan Bassett, an IDC Research analyst for mobile enterprise device solutions, in a prepared statement. "Improved battery life, durability and better scanning all have the means of improving productivity for workers in a wide range of industries and sectors."

"Zebra offers the industry's largest range of Android mobile computers and the introduction of the TC20 enterprise smartphone reinforces our position as a leader in the enterprise Android space," said Joe White, Zebra's senior VP of enterprise mobile computing, in the prepared statement. "Until now, small- and medium-sized businesses had limited options: either struggling with the risk and frustration of using consumer devices or running their operations manually with pen and paper. The cost-effective TC20 gives SMBs a better choice while delivering a powerful customer experience."

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