With the end of Windows Mobile/CE in January 2020, many companies using these Windows devices such as Warehouse and Logistic companies are confused with the replacement strategy going forward.

Firstly, many of the common Android Terminals look like a Smart Phone’s – no keypads, no pistol grips and only equipped with a touch screen. This can leave you wondering – how is my WMS (Warehouse Management System) going to work on that?!

Yes, there’s no doubt that your bulky pistol gripped, keyboard Terminal looks nothing like a new Android unit – unless you have chosen one of the few that have been made in the same form factor – but is this the right way to go? I mean, something must be driving the new units to all look like smartphones – what’s with that?

So, let’s break down the WHY!

Firstly, let’s be clear – nearly everyone has a smartphone right! And guess what, we all know how to use one to write an SMS or press numbers to dial a friend – so there’s nothing new there?

Secondly, Android’s latest technology provides performance and power savings that allow a smaller footprint – thus smaller, lighter devices with larger screens.

Thirdly, you can choose what options you want; need a pistol grip then simply add one or leave it as it is the slip into a pocket – the choice is yours!

So how do we get our WMS (Warehouse Management system) to run at its best on one of these “smartphone” looking devices – I mean, we need the keyboard, don’t we? In short, the answer is NO you Don’t!

Using Velocity (the replacement for Wavelink) you get an amazing new feature built in; it’s called Modernization and its included in Velocity, and it will change the way you do things for the better!

By creating simple graphic screens with touch buttons to replace your old “Green Screen” emulation – you get a super-easy improved way to use your WMS that greatly speeds up not only the way you use your WMS but in training new staff and general productivity!

Showing the difference between an old green text screen and a new easy to read layout on warehouse device

If you wish to add a pistol grip, it’s no problem. Most of these new devices have detachable pistol grip accessories. Units are available with inbuilt 1D and 2D scanners so you can have the best of both worlds.