Socket Mobile celebrates 20th Anniversary as mobile device manufacturer

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Socket Mobile, Inc., provider of mobile productivity solutions, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Since 1992, Socket Mobile has built an extensive suite of portable computing, data collection and remote networking hardware that have helped healthcare, hospitality, retail, and other industries worldwide meet the demands of a growing mobile workforce while eliminating manual processes and maximising efficiency in mission-critical business applications.

The company started as Socket Communications with the vision of a mobile workforce that could collect, access, and communicate data in any mobile work environment. Since then, they have remained at the forefront of mobile technology from introducing the world's first PCMCIA network card to co-inventing the CompactFlash I/O standard and helping to define the Bluetooth and SD I/O standards.

"We couldn't have picked a more dynamic market segment or a more exciting time to be a part of it," said Mike Gifford, co-founder and executive vice president at Socket Mobile. "In just twenty years, the constant evolution of operating systems, processors, memory, storage, screens, GPS, cameras, the internet, and most important, end user technology adoption, have transformed what used to be simple notebooks that lacked network connectivity into the slick, fully integrated smartphones, tablets, and handheld computers of today.

"It's been a tumultuous ride, and as the market had its ups and downs, so did we. I believe the key to our longevity has been our ability to accommodate and adapt to these changes. As a result, we are more focused on our current products than we've ever been," added Gifford. "I'm proud to say that we've stayed true to our vision from inception. We look forward to another decade of meeting the needs of mobile workers as the market continues to expand and evolve."

Socket's current product line includes the SoMo handheld computer and the Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) Series 7. Both are experiencing a recent surge in demand as businesses look to the SoMo as an ideal replacement for HP's discontinued iPAQ Pocket PC series, and multiple models of the CHS Bluetooth barcode scanners for use with smartphones and tablets have recently become Apple certified. For more custom solutions, Socket also offers a line of OEM products.

For more information about the history of Socket Mobile, visit Socket's Milestones page:

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