Android for Work officially launched by Google

Android for Work, originally discussed during last year's Google I/O developer conference, has officially been launched today. The feature allows an employee to bring his own Android phone or tablet to work. At work, a secure container can be opened which allows users to access Google apps that are customized for business use. Keep in mind that this secure container is available only on Android 5.0 powered handsets.

Your company's IT department will not be able to access your personal data. For those with handsets that can't be updated to Lollipop, Google is offering a separate app that offers secure mail, calendar, contacts, documents, browsing and other work apps. Google Play for Work will make sure that on the business side, only apps approved by the IT department are available to add to your phone or slate. The customized Google apps in the container will sit side-by-side with some third party apps for the enterprise like Box, SAP and Salesforce 1. Android for Work Product Management Director Rajen Sheth told those attending a San Francisco press conference that "Every employee should have a work-enabled mobile device in their hands."

BlackBerry announced today that its EMM solution, BES12, will support devices running Android for Work. BES already allows a corporation to manage employees' handsets running BlackBerry, Android, iOS and Windows Phone. With Wednesday's release, BlackBerry said that BES12 will work with Android for Work at the office or via the cloud "while providing unhindered access to Google Now and any Android application available on Google Play that is permitted by an organization’s IT policies."

Of course, once the business day is over, the Android for Work user switches his phone back for personal use.

source: BusinessInsider, GigaOM

FEATURED VIDEO

10 Comments

1. Svrzic

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

which launcher/phone is that? really like it, more than touchwiz on s5

2. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Probably the Nexus 6.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5762; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

4. jjjsong

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

Stock android launcher... nexus 4 or 5 or 6.

8. TyrionLannister unregistered

It's not stock android launcher. It's google now launcher. Stock android doesn't look like it when you update to 5.0.

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3169; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Couldn't have done it without BlackBerry. The next logical question is, if BlackBerrys can run Android apps now, what is the incentive to go Android? No mention is made about the email client being part of the BES12 arrangement, only the "work" apps. You'd have to get a 3rd party solution for email, contacts and calendar according to the article. Sounds like a lot of....work.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22538; Member since: May 28, 2014

Good to see Google releasing a solid enterprise offering. It's even nicer to see that BlackBerry is helping make Android for Work more secure with its BES 12. BlackBerry is becoming quite the cross-platform offering company. It's great to see John Chen's plans of BlackBerry being much more than a handset provider come to fruition. Android for Work, along with Samsung devices using Knox, will know be the most secure devices in enterprise(behind BlackBerry devices, of course). This is a win for Google, but an even bigger win for BlackBerry, IMHO. With this deal in place, as well as the deal that BlackBerry has in place with Samsung, BlackBerry will now be securing all Android devices in enterprise. With any luck, BlackBerry can perhaps parlay this deal into getting Google services on BlackBerry devices, although I very much doubt it. It's good to see that a smaller company like BlackBerry can help out a much larger company like Google. It's even better that these two companies are working together, opposed to against each other.

7. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Well said

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22538; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thank you.

10. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Sounds like Samsung Knox.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless