Google buys Divide; app allows Android phones to have seperate business interface

Google buys Divide; app allows Android phones to have seperate business interface
Back in 2011, we told you about the Divide app for Android. The app gives your Android phone a work "container" that keeps your work tools and apps separate from your games. The beauty of Divide is that it connects with the MDM system (Mobile Device Management) that your company uses. This way, if you bring your own device to work, and for some reason the IT team at the office has to do a remote wipe, only the business side of your phone will be affected.

The Divide app emulates the Android home page, allowing you to have the same multiple page experience whether goofing off, or hard at work. If this all sounds familiar, that could be because it is the same container principle used by Samsung KNOX. With Divide, the play side of your phone is never touched by your company's IT department.

The reason that we bring up Divide today, is that Google has purchased the company for an undisclosed amount of money. Depending on how much Google paid for it, Divide could be a terrific low-risk investment, with a nice-sized payoff down the road. After all, Google could decide to add Divide to future builds of Android, making the platform more enetrprise-ready. Samsung cannot be terribly happy about this, considering the effort it has made to make Android users aware of KNOX. Situations like this could be why Samsung never killed off Tizen and is about to launch handsets powered by the mobile OS.


source: Divide, AndroidCentral

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5 Comments

1. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

sigh..

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

If this gets built into Android by Google, then it likely means the end of root and unlocked bootloaders. At least until a viable AOSP platform is available. Perhaps Cyanogen will pick up where Google left off.

3. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Say that again?we have root and unlocked bootloader with knox. Devs always find a way.always

4. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

....maybe for the general public that buys regular phones in stores. Google will not alienate their devs like that. A phone bought from the Store most likely will have root, bootloader options. More OEM's offer developer phones. Even if Android as a whole gets locked down tighter...there will always be options. What this purchase means is Google is trying even harder to go after the BB contracts.

5. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

You spelled separate wrong.

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