Mobility DNA

MDNA Overview - A New Breed of Enterprise Mobility

What’s inside the body of an enterprise mobile computer matters. That’s why Zebra engineered Mobility DNA, the genetic code that gives our mobile computers distinct enterprise capabilities. Its unique software ecosystem transforms Android--the world’s most popular consumer operating system--into an enterprise-ready foundation for any productity app. Now, the pains common to other enterprise mobility platforms disappear, allowing simpler application management, problem-free integration and operations that become a powerhouse of productivity.


Latest Mobility DNA Features


Zebra's mobile-to-desktop solution now allows administrators to prevent device users from changing device settings through the miniature settings panel invoked on the external monitor.

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Device Diagnostic Tool now supports all barcode symbologies for Scanner Testing. The tool previously failed scan tests if an unsupported barcode was encountered.

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Zebra's solution for turning mobile devices into full-sized workstations now lets administrators use their EMM and Android Managed Configurations to select different keyboard layouts to match the deployed geographic region and to control which apps can be launched from the device and desktop.

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When using a mobile device as a desktop PC, some mobile features are better left unseen to improve the user experience. The all-apps button can now be disabled, forcing users to launch apps only from the main desktop shortcuts. Icons for services running on the device also can be hidden, uncluttering the desktop environment and helping to prevent accidential disablement of critical apps.

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Zebra Workstation Connect adds managed configurations to handle desktop orientation and resolution, status icon show/hide, desk and lock wallpaper, dock/undock actions and more. Zebra's revolutionary solution can be managed using public Android interfaces.

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The latest version of Zebra's MX 10.5 adds the ability to select a custom assistant app, set background and lock-screen wallpaper, disable clipboard sharing, configure external monitor resolution and orientation and much more.

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The latest LifeGuard device update allows DataWedge to capture specific barcodes from a document or label based on a predefined pattern or barcode criteria. Only barcodes matching the specified pattern or criteria are scanned; all others are ignored.

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With SimulScan features now embedded in DataWedge as NextGen SimulScan, Zebra engineers have added the ability to use the device camera to scan barcodes and capture images with greater clarity than was previously possible. Now on par with the imager, the camera can capture full or partial forms and signatures and optionally decode one or more barcodes from captured forms.

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With MX 10.4, device administrators can now grant permission to use device storage for apps before they're installed, control access to location services and scanning with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi peripherals, and set the default usage mode when a device is connected to a PC via USB.

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Long-pressing the power key on supported Zebra devices now provides quick access to Touch Mode settings, a new settings panel that allows users to switch touch-screen modes to quickly adapt to changes in the computing environment. For example, if the user walks into a refrigerated room, the device after long-pressing can be configured for a gloved hand with a single tap.

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The ability for apps to self-update has helped bring mobile computing devices to the forefront of the productive enterprise. Now, Zebra's App Manager utility lets administrators decide which apps on a device can be updated and which should stay the same until explicitly allowed to receive an upgrade.

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The new Smart Leash feature in Zebra's Device Central Bluetooth management app notifies the device user with sound and/or vibration when a peripheral they've been using loses connectivity with their device. For example, if the user moves out of an area without the peripheral, Smart Leash activates the selected notification(s), helping to ensure that the peripheral isn't left behind.

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DataWedge can now detect the presence of a handwritten signature. This can be useful, for example, to programmatically check for confirmation of a delivery. DataWedge allows any application on a device to acquire data through the device's scanners or other peripherals, manipulate data based on basic or custom rules, and output the data to the app for consumption or further processing.

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With Smart Profiles, which integrates Zebra’s Smart Repository with Lifeguard update data, admins now can easily and quickly deploy updates that apply to any set of specific devices. StageNow is a free Windows tool that gives administrators an easy way to stage, set up and mass-deploy Zebra’s Android mobile computers.

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DataWedge can now instantly capture barcodes with a press of the scan button when resuming operation after device suspend, eliminating delays in workflow and improving worker productivity.

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Beacon Manager allows administrators to control the homing signal sent by supported Zebra devices to aid with location. MX 10.2 also includes enhancements to Bluetooth, Clock, Display, KeyMapping License, Power, PowerKey, Touch, UI and WiFi CSPs.

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Use the power button to switch between gloved, stylus or finger touch modes; select file order, naming conventions and deletion options when uploading files; control battery saver mode and display of battery-charge percentage; control screen rotation.

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Updates to the Notify API, also known as the Bluetooth Scanner Notifications API, now allow apps to light a colored LED or play audio beeps based on user actions or barcodes scanned by a connected Bluetooth scanner. Such visual and audible cues allow device users to react to scanning actions more quickly and with greater proficiency.

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DataWedge can now store multiple scanner configurations in a single scanning profile. This allows device users to switch between multiple scanners during a scanning session without the need to stop and reconfigure the device.

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Device Tracker simplifies the job of tracking Zebra Android mobile devices across an enterprise. Device Tracker manages Zebra devices, finds missing devices and helps prevent device inventory shrinkage.

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Enterprise Application Configurator (EAC) is a Zebra utility that works with Enterprise Browser 2.6 and later to simplify DOM injection, which adds capabilities to a running app without changing the source code. EAC maps EB fields or buttons to Zebra devices such as scanners, printers and keyboards, and can voice-enable fields for spoken input and/or output.

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When licensing apps on Zebra devices, it's no longer an all-or-nothing proposition. With the release of License Manager in MX 10.2, Zebra devices now allow administrators to activate, return and refresh specific features, bringing costs and device capabilities into better control.

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DataWedge 8.2 now automatically detects the edges of a form during document scans, more easily capturing the entire form without the need for a barcode.

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Term-based licensing allows organizations to purchase Enterprise Browser licenses for a limited time period, giving administrators additional flexibility when planning projects and budgets. One-, three- and five-year terms are available, as is a 90-day trial term. Also new is a 30-day evaluation term, which comes preinstalled with every EB 3.0 download.

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Zebra devices now offer the ability to designate a key as a "panic button" that when long-pressed executes an intent to perform a customized task such as dialing an emergency phone number, summoning medical assistance or launching any custom Android app or activity.

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Updates to APIs in Enterprise Browser 3.0.6 allow users to pinch-to-zoom web pages and images (WebView API), and give developers control over the ability to show or hide the navigation bar, which contains the HOME, BACK and RECENT APPS buttons (Device API). The Database API also has been restored.

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MDNA Features Coming Soon


Zebra will soon be adding new multi-barcode options into DataWedge that will allow administrators to set the minimum and maximum number of barcodes to be scanned during a single scanning session. For organizations using DataWedge, this will increase the level of control administrators have over shipping-, receiving- and inventory-related activites, helping to improve data accuracy and reduce errors.

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Zebra Workstation Connect features now being developed will allow admins to control which individual apps users will be allowed to launch from a given location. Apps can currently be run from the Task Bar, Shortcut menu, All-apps screen, Notifications panel and from the device itself. App launches from all these areas will be admin-controllable in the next ZWC release.

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Zebra's Data Encryption Tool can secure sensitive data when passing it to a specific target application, ensuring that data is safely encrypted at every stage of storage and transfer.

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