The Android for Work is a platform that contains all the necessary and useful tools and data that are crucial to a business. The only reason that this platform has not been released to the public yet is some difficulties concerning the security that need to be dealt with.
For the uninitiated, Android for Work aims to bridge the gap between “work” and “personal” digital environments by allowing both to coexist. Corporate apps and data inhabit an encrypted sandbox, but live alongside apps outside the walled garden (other than a “Android for Work” badge, the they’re indistinguishable). On the IT side, Android for Work confers benefits like a branded app store and over-the-air updates.
Google’s touting its cellular partnerships as a boon for users. “People can soon turn to their mobile operators to take advantage of Android for Work’s integrated security, management and productivity solutions,” the search giant said in a blog post. In addition to carriers stateside, Google’s inked deals with Rogers, Bell Canada, Telus Mobility, and KT.
Google’s mission to make Android the preferred choice for companies everywhere is picking up some fresh momentum these days. In fact, a few days ago the company announced that its Android for Work program is expanding to include a total of 40 partners. New device manufacturers have signed on, but the bigger news is probably that all four major US carriers have also entered the fold. “AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Rogers, Bell Canada, Telus Mobility and KT are now offering broad support for Android for Work, so people can soon turn to their mobile operators to take advantage of Android for Work’s integrated security, management and productivity solutions,” Google wrote in a blog post. “With its choice, flexibility and security, we believe Android is uniquely equipped to help businesses tap the full power of mobility.” And what’s more interesting, is that among all the other carriers that are testing Google’s Android for Work, now the American Army and The WorAndroid for Work was formally launched in February with a focus on enterprise-level security and the freedom of letting employees use their personal devices for work tasks. Work profiles (built into Android 5.0) separate your everyday apps and games from software deployed by an employer. Whitelisted apps can be installed from Google Play, and companies have full control over deleting them or pushing new ones to Android for Work profiles.ld Bank have been added as well!
With its choice, flexibility, and security, we believe Android is uniquely equipped to help businesses tap the full power of mobility,” said senior director of Android and Chrome for Work Rajen Sheth. “Together with our partners, we’re gearing up to make this a reality.”
Google points to Samsung devices like the Galaxy S6 as some of the most secure hardware out there, and it’s also highlighting the Blackphone as a good option for those who prioritize privacy above all else. Silent Circle, that phone’s manufacturer, is also joining Google’s effort.
The whole effort seems to be going pretty well so far thus it may not be such a surprise to see almost every business in the world use the Android for Work a couple years from now.