Microsoft patent portfolio will cover Honeywell’s products running on Android or Chrome OS platforms
Commercial and consumer products manufacturer Honeywell has introduced Dolphin 7800 for Android, a new enterprise digital assistant with an Android operating system (OS).
The new rugged handheld computer, Dolphin 7800 for Android, offers mobile workers a device similar to the platform that are used in their personal lives.
Dolphin 7800 for Android comes with an accurate data capture and navigation capabilities, making it suitable for a delivery driver or sales representative whose work requires multiple customer stops.
In addition, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility and Microsoft have signed a patent agreement, to run Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Honeywell’s products running on the Android or Chrome OS platforms.
Both the companies have not disclosed the terms of agreement but under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties from Honeywell for the use of patents, the company said.
Microsoft Intellectual Property Group corporate vice president and deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez said, "Through this agreement Honeywell joins Microsoft’s Android patent licensing program and demonstrates its responsible approach to the management of intellectual property."
The Dolphin 7800 Android can remotely be secured by the employers if device is lost. Honeywell’s Remote MasterMind 3.0 device management software will also enable businesses to enroll, configure devices, track company assets and enforce password protection.
Honeywell has also launched a Developer Program for Android OS compatible devices to support the software community. This enables independent software vendors (ISVs) and end-users to develop Honeywell products that will use the Android OS.
Dolphin 7800 is powered with the Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 OS. The company provides two options for end-users to support either Microsoft or Android deployments.