Mar 27, 2014

What does Android need to change to be more attractive to enterprise customers?

BlackBerry was the darling of government and enterprise users for years, but I think it’s safe to say those days are gone. What changes does Google need to make to Android to help it fill the void left by BlackBerry?

Next Android Build Rumored To Be Enterprise Focused [Rumor]

"While Android devices have made some inroads with enterprises, they’re not necessarily designed with enterprise use in mind. For example there might be productivity needs that Android does not have, or it might not have the security that enterprises require, and this is apparently what the next major Android release will feature: office-grade security.

According to The Information’s sources, the new build of Android will allow apps to require their own form of authentication, meaning that some apps might require biometrics in order to open to prevent sensitive information from being seen by unwanted parties. Data could also be saved onto secure chips, and will reportedly offer better remote management which does sound a bit like BlackBerry’s BES services."

Judging from what I’ve read recently, Google may already be planning some improvements with business users in mind. According to an article on The Information, the next version of Android may include stronger encryption, new APIs for remote device management, and use of more secure chips (whatever that means). The most interesting possibility is a separate section of Google Play that has apps approved for business use. Presumably this would have a tighter screening process with a greater emphasis on security.

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