Friday, July 11, 2014

Android for Work announced at Google IO conference

The initial releases of Apple iOS, Android and Windows Phone were aimed squarely at consumers and
offered few if any features geared to business users.  However, all that's changed in the last few years with the growth of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled (COPE).  Increasingly, users want to access both work and personal information from a single mobile device (AOL CEO Tim Armstong's three smartphones: Android, iOS and BlackBerry not withstanding)

Jump forward to today where very major mobile operating system specifically calls out "enterprise" or work features in addition to consumer features. A few recent examples:
The next version of Google Android, "L",  was announced at the Google IO conference two weeks ago and is scheduled to include new enterprise features referred to as "Android for Work."  In case this sounds familiar, Google has been down this path before with 3LM and Enterproid Divide.  However, this time around Google is leveraging Samsung Knox technology to separate work and personal data.   Today, BlackBerry is the only smartphone solution with native capabilities to keep work and personal data separate via BlackBerry Balance.  Data separation on Apple iOS and Google Android typically requires third party solutions (e.g. Airwatch, MobileIron, Fiberlink MaaS360, Samsung Knox,  Good Technologies etc.).   With the introduction of Android L, that could change and I'll be eager to try the new capabilities when Android "L" is released in the fall. 

4 comments:

Gregg said...

You think that if Samsung couldn't make Knox work Google can?

Lars Berntrop-Bos said...

Yes. See Android Kitkat, which Samsung failed to make available on the international S3, while others have made that run quite nicely sans Samsung supplied gunk.

Rakesh Prajapat said...
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Rakesh Prajapat said...

Very nice, I think Android and Windows Phone were aimed squarely at consumers.people also get here more about iPhone feature.