Android for Work was initially announced at Google I/O 2014 and now its finally official after Google has partnered with multiple companies in order to make the smartphone experience safer at workplaces.
The concept of Android for Work circulates on four main components: Android for Work App, Google Play for Work, work prodiles and built in productivity tools. Users would have to set their profile on a device that has to run on a Lollipop device which would then have an access to work data, thanks to enhanced security enforcement by SELinux. Once this process is done, the IT personell will be able to deploy and remove work-approved apps. In short, the device can be controlled by the IT professional.
However, if the device runs on below 5.0 Lollipop and above Kitkat, the user would have to download the app which will grant them access to tools that would be approved by the workplace.
Here are the following 4 key technology components of Android for Work:
Work profiles – We’ve built on the default encryption, enhanced SELinux security enforcement and multi-user support in Android 5.0, Lollipop to create a dedicated work profile that isolates and protects work data. IT can deploy approved work apps right alongside their users personal apps knowing their sensitive data remains secured. People can use their personal apps knowing their employer only manages work data and won’t erase or view their personal content.
Android for Work app – For devices running Ice Cream Sandwich through Kitkat, or that don’t run work profiles natively, we’ve created the Android for Work app. The app, which delivers secure mail, calendar, contacts, documents, browsing and access to approved work apps, can be completely managed by IT.
Google Play for Work – It allows businesses to securely deploy and manage apps across all users running Android for Work, simplifying the process of distributing apps to employees and ensures that IT approves every deployed app.
Built-in productivity tools – For everyday business tasks, we’ve created a suite of business apps for email, contacts and calendar, which supports both Exchange and Notes and provides document editing capabilities for documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
If your office wants to sign up for Android for Work, head over to their homepage here.