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Google rolls out Android enterprise features following Divide buy

Wastes no time to Divide and conquer
Thu May 22 2014, 12:57

GOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED a series of enterprise enhancements for its Android mobile operating system.

The company has wasted no time following its acquisition of enterprise environment app maker Divide. Most speculation was that Divide would be incorporated into the next version of Android, rumoured to be called "Lollipop".

The Google Apps Mobile Management app now includes "Inactive account wipe", which automatically deletes data after a set number of days of inactivity, just in case the phone was pinched and not reported.

EAP WiFi networks are now supported where a certificate authority (CA) is used. In addition, policies can now be set to block devices in the event that they have been used outside normal parameters, such as being rooted or having a custom ROM installed.

The main administration panel for devices on the company network has also been tweaked to add extra data about the devices in the field, including serial number, IMEI, MEID, WiFi MAC address, baseband and kernel version, build number, mobile carrier, language settings and account owner/manager.

On the Google Enterprise Blog, Product Manager Clayton Jones said, "Bring your own device (BYOD) is no longer just a trend - it's how business gets done.... It also means IT organizations now have the dual challenge of both helping employees be more productive and protecting corporate data."

Google has ground to make up in the enterprise market, with most network administrators opting for iPhones or clinging to Blackberry devices. 

Samsung recently revealed that its proprietary Knox security product has just 1.8 million users worldwide. µ


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