Wired: The Unnoticed Gadgets That Power Our Economy Deserve a Real OS
We are surrounded with a class of mobile devices that are ten or more years out of date, and predate any iPhone or Android phone entirely:
– scanners that grocery clerks use to track inventory,
– stylus tablets that couriers log their deliveries on,
– handhelds that stockkeepers take into the warehouse,
– the button-covered rectangle the agent uses to check in your rental car.
Most of them are Windows CE based devices which were used by consumers at the end of last century! But why is this? The industry needs an enterprise operating system optimized for reliability, but also battery life. As Apple seems unwilling to allow non-Apple devices to run its operating system, it becomes a race between the other two big player: Microsoft and Google.