Google Launches Android For Work In Hopes to Win the Enterprise
Last year, tech companies started focusing on providing services to the enterprises such as productivity platforms. Microsoft was one of the companies that adopted the “productivity-first” paradigm and in its efforts, the Redmond company has released Office 365 for several platforms and it is not the end of the road.
Google also announced Android for Work at last year’s I/O developer conference. After a fair amount of delay, the search giant is now ready to reveal the platform that focuses on enterprise productivity.
With Android for Work, Google plans to offer a productivity platform to the enterprises. Its main objective is to provide control to the administrators and ensure security of company’s networks and data. It integrates work profiles, the Android for Work app, Google Play for Work, and a number of other tools in its efforts.
The platform uses SE-Linux security to prevent unauthorized accesses, providing administrators the peace of mind. SELinux is a Linux kernel security module that provides a mechanism for supporting access control security policies.
The Android for Work app will be able to run on devices Android Ice Cream Sandwich through to KitKat. Hence, the app is supported by majority of Android devices. However, Android Lollipop 5.0 will be necessary in order to support all features of Android for Work.
IT administrators can allow or disallow the apps to be used on their enterprise’s networks. Android for Work app brings work profiles to devices that don’t support them at stock level, adding secure mail, calendar, contacts, documents, and browsing.
No matter how much the companies brag about security, the loopholes are always found in the systems. Recent news such as Gemalto’s SIM hacks have made consumers skeptical about their data security. But Google still stands out for providing satisfactory secure platforms.
Google has partnered up with companies including Cisco, BlackBerry, Motorola and Samsung for this project.
You can sign up via the Android for Work website: google.com/work/android
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