Google Launches Android For Work

Google Launches Android For Work
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Google unveils Android for Work that allows employees to use a single Android device for both business and personal use, regardless of company IT policies. With Android for Work, workers can check emails, edit documents, review sales pipelines and approve deals through their personal devices. Essentially, users can safely switch from personal activities to work-related tasks even with just a single device.


Four Key Technology Components

Android for Work was created with four main components: Work Profiles, Android for Work app, Google Play for Work and Built-in Productivity tools.

With Work Profiles, IT can install approved work apps workers can access even when using personal apps. This way, a company is assured any sensitive data remains classified the same way workers are confident their personal data is not compromised. This was made possible by default encryption, enhanced SELinux security enforcement and multi-support in Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The Android for Work app will also be available to users whose devices are running from Ice Cream Sandwich up to Kitkat. With this app, IT can deliver secure mail, calendar, contacts, documents, and access work apps.

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All users running Android for Work will be able to run Google Play for Work, their businesses assured that all deployed apps are safe. It simplifies the process of distributing apps to employees, with the capability to allow IT to approve every app deployed to workers.

Android for Work also has built-in productivity tools essential in undertaking everyday business tasks. The tools consist of business apps for email, contacts and calendar. These support both Exchange and Notes, and provide document-editing capabilities for documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

“Together with a wide range of management, application and device makers, we believe the Android for Work program provides businesses and workers with the choice and flexibility they need to get things done at work,” Rajen Sheth, Director of Product Management for Android and Chrome for Work, said in Google’s announcement.

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