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New features for businesses in Android 13

Android 13 gives businesses using Android Enterprise new ways to get more out of their devices — including an upgraded Android Management API, an easier-to-use work profile, and more ways for IT admins to manage and protect company and employee devices. Let’s take a closer look at these new business features.

More tailored experiences

Android phone screen showing apps in work profile and text that says "Separate work apps from personal to stay organized."

Starting with Android 13, the Android Management API goes beyond just managing device policies. It can now customize employee experiences on corporate devices, like device provisioning and user settings. This also means the Android Enterprise team can roll out helpful new features and management capabilities more frequently, starting with devices running Android 13.

Easier navigation on work profile

Android phone screen showing the “default payment app” with options for Amex and Google Pay.

Work profile already helps keep company data accessible and secure, and personal profile data private and separate — all on a single device. In Android 13, work profile gives employees an even smoother experience, offering a simpler design, improved productivity and new cross-device capabilities.

Navigating between work and personal profiles is now more intuitive, all while respecting cross-profile admin policies. Employees can choose to open an app in either their work or personal profile, depending on where it’s installed. If they’d prefer to keep work-related content out of their personal apps — so a work-related training video on YouTube doesn’t affect their personal watchlist, for example — they can choose to access that content in their browser instead. Employees can also switch between work and personal photo galleries when sharing pictures with an app, granting access only to selected files rather than their entire media library.

You’ll find more productivity tools in work profile, too. Smart dictation is now available in work profile apps on Pixel devices, so Android's dictation recommendations stay separate — keeping corporate jargon dictated for work emails out of personal chats. All Android 13 devices can also now use Near-field communication (NFC) from work apps to enable use cases like digital access badges and tap-to-pay from work profile.

More productivity features are coming soon to Android 13, thanks to new integrations between Phone Hub and Android and ChromeOS. Employees will be able to securely respond to and access work information that’s on their phones — including messages, notifications and pictures — from their corporate Chromebooks. And those interactions will be protected by end-to-end encryption and company management policies.

Built-in security and privacy

Android phone screen showing a lock icon and text saying “Blocked by your IT admin.”

With each new release, Android Enterprise’s security protections get even stronger with new management capabilities, user controls and platform improvements.

For example, on a new central hub, employees can manage device security and privacy settings, and view company policies applied on the device as well as device data shared with IT admins.

Android 13 also gives IT admins more control over device Wi-Fi connectivity for features like Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi tethering. It adds security logs for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and password activities in line with National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) requirements. And for faster security patches, Android 13 has added Bluetooth and ultra-wideband (UWB) to the list of more than 30 modules that can be updated remotely through Google System Updates.

New features like Lost Mode and Stay Private on Work Wi-Fi are coming soon to Android 13. When Lost Mode is activated, IT admins can lock down and locate company-owned devices, prevent unauthorized access and display company contact information on the device screen. Meanwhile, Stay Private on Work Wi-Fi will further improve employee privacy by automatically encrypting and routing network traffic for personal profiles when employees are on company Wi-Fi. Both features will be available through the Android Management API.

Ready to put Android 13 to work for your business? Sign up for our webinar on September 29 to learn more about how Android 13 is supporting today’s working world.

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Putting Android Enterprise security to the test

Today’s employees are just as likely to work from home as they are from the office. As a result, maintaining security on mobile devices has never been more challenging — and failing to do so has never been riskier.

Businesses of all sizes rely on Android Enterprise as their front line of defense to help keep enterprise data secure and employee data private. Through a hardened operating system, strict hardware requirements, security services and comprehensive enterprise mobility management (EMM) policy controls, Android Enterprise provides businesses and organizations with the multi-layered security and tools they need to secure their workforce.

Even still, we wanted to put Android Enterprise to the test. So Google engaged NCC Group, an IT security assessment firm, to evaluate how well Android Enterprise performed based on the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) own security configuration requirements.

NCC Group tested a Google Pixel device with Android 12 against the DoD’s Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG), which provides standardized guidance for information technology systems across the U.S. federal government. After thorough testing, NCC Group found no “CAT I” issues, which indicate the most serious security concerns — like the ability to gain complete and immediate control over a device. They identified two “CAT II” risks, which imply a relatively low threat to the device and have since been resolved. Finally, NCC Group found only three “CAT III” risks, which are purely informational and pose no immediate threat to the device.

Read the full report.

Android Enterprise security assessment by NCC Group

In short, Android Enterprise held up exceedingly well under testing. That’s good news for all Android Enterprise customers, especially since both public and private sector organizations use the DISA STIG as a baseline configuration when deploying Android smartphones and tablets.

Visit the Android Enterprise security page to learn more about our security features, like built-in anti-malware through Google Play Protect and personal and work data separation through the Android work profile.

Schneider Electric secures its teams through Android Enterprise

Editor's note: Today’s post is by Simon Hardy-Bistagne, Director of Solution Architecture for Schneider Electric. The global company specializes in energy management and automation, with operations in more than 100 countries.

At Schneider Electric, we are responsible for providing sustainability and energy management systems for a global customer base. As the Director of Solution Architecture for our digital workplace, I lead a team that ensures our employees have access to all of the collaborative tools they need from wherever they’re working.

Android Enterprise is key to securely and flexibly managing Schneider Electric’s global workforce devices. We support a wide range of device-use scenarios for our employees, from fully-managed devices to personal smartphones securely enrolled with the Android work profile. The extensive, customizable and secure controls available with Android Enterprise ensure we are giving our teams the resources they need no matter where they’re working while protecting critical corporate applications and data.

Flexibility for every use case

We manage devices in over 117 countries. Android Enterprise has helped us shift to new working styles and embrace employee choice and work-life balance with powerful controls that meet our security needs. By enrolling personal devices with the Android work profile, we know that we are not only protecting our data and services, but we can prove to our employees that, with the work profile, “What you have here is your work life, what you have here is your personal life.” And that has revolutionized the way our teams use their mobile devices.

Security is at the core of everything we do, both from the perspective of servicing our customers and protecting our own corporate resources. So when we talk about implementing security and management services through Android Enterprise, it’s fundamental to get those basics right. Through Android Enterprise, we have powerful tools for safeguarding devices — like preventing the installation of unknown applications, disabling debug mode and preventing devices from being rooted. Putting these requirements and other key security configurations in place for both personal and company-owned devices is essential for our global business.

Thanks to the flexibility of Android Enterprise, we can also support a wide range of device use cases. For some employees, we use fully-managed mode for devices dedicated to specific tasks. Others who only want one phone for work and personal use can use a device with the work profile. And with managed Google Play, we can make both internal and public apps available on devices.

Ready for a hybrid work reality

Enrollment choice is important as well. We use devices from a variety of vendors, and we can set up those devices with the method that works best for each situation — like zero-touch enrollment or Samsung Knox Mobile Enrollment. With these options, end users can get the applications they need on their corporate devices and use them right away.

We also value the flexibility of allowing our end users to purchase their own Android device, or ask our IT team to enroll a personal device they’ve used for a couple of years. They can bring their device and easily enroll it into our managed estate with Android Enterprise.

Hybrid work is our present and future, and Android Enterprise is helping us navigate that. It gives our employees the flexibility in device choice and management mode, and it gives my team comprehensive and effortless management tools that meet the security needs of our global operations.

To hear more about our mobility strategy, watch my discussion with Android Enterprise Security Specialist Mike Burr from The Art of Control digital event.

Android Enterprise invests big in security and controls

With hybrid and remote work as the new norm, effectively managing the growing number of mobile devices has become even more important for businesses. In fact, 84% of IT leaders are investing more in enterprise mobility, with mobile security and device management topping their list of priorities.

But just spending more on security and management solutions doesn’t necessarily provide the right level of control over enterprise data. And it can often make device management overly complex and costly to maintain. For mobility to truly work in the long term, it’s critical to balance strong platform security with effortless, flexible management that scales to specific needs around user choice, privacy and control.

Android Enterprise has made big investments to help businesses manage mobility on their terms, with strong, built-in and proactive security that is proven at scale; a spectrum of capabilities for every business; and effortless, consistent and cost-effective management. Today, we’re sharing a number of new features and updates to help you successfully balance your needs and achieve your mobility goals with Android Enterprise.

A platform you can trust

For years, we’ve developed multiple layers of security for business customers — from hardware to Google security services and enterprise management tools. In fact, research firm Gartner has consistently awarded the highest security ratings for a mobile OS to Android’s operating system with Google apps and services.

A graphic depicting the layers of Android security

Android 12 extends our commitment to the multi-layered protections of Android.

With Android 12, we’re introducing even more features for enterprise customers — including improving password complexity controls to make it easier to protect company data, and disabling USB signaling on company-owned devices to limit USB-based attacks. We’ve also launched additional privacy-preserving security controls for the Android work profile, like network logging of work apps. Read more about these Android 12 enterprise features.

A graphic that shows the new features in Android 12 promoting privacy and transparency

Android 12 includes new privacy controls and transparency for employees

Android 12 already meets the most rigorous deployment requirements, including the United States Department of Defense's Security Technical Implementation Guide. And since we believe scrutiny and transparency are key to improving security, we’ve launched a new Android Enterprise category as part of the Android Security Rewards Program. We’re offering a reward of up to $250,000 for a full exploit on a Pixel device running Android Enterprise.

Expanded support for Zero Trust

As more mobile workers access data from remote devices outside of traditional security perimeters, companies are increasingly pursuing a Zero Trust security model. This means trust is never assumed, and access to corporate resources is continuously verified. We’ve developed many APIs and tools to support Zero Trust on Android, allowing organizations to tier access based on extensive device-based signals and security information.

We’re now supercharging the role of identity providers in Zero Trust environments on Android. Connecting their first-hand understanding of the user with a full breadth of device trust signals, identity providers can build a comprehensive analysis of trustworthiness before granting access to corporate resources. To make this happen, we are working with industry leaders to move beyond WebView for authentication and embrace Custom Tabs, which we believe is the best way for developers to integrate authentication into their apps.

While WebView is a flexible and powerful component for rendering web content, Custom Tabs are more modern and full-featured, allowing identity providers to gather device trust signals, improve employee security and enable single-sign-on across apps and the web. We’re partnering with Okta, Ping Identity, and ForgeRock to move the industry towards modernizing authentication.

Effortless management

Every organization is different, and has different management needs. So we’ve built a range of device management capabilities that can easily serve businesses across all sizes and sectors — whether you are managing a startup or a highly complex enterprise.

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Android Management APi is the recommended method of management for customers and partners

For companies who use Android Enterprise with an Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, we’re making management even more powerful, secure and user friendly with Android Management API. Built by the Android team at Google, this cloud-based API ensures customers receive the fastest delivery of all of our enterprise features, with best practices and Android Enterprise Recommended requirements set by default. And with the newly launched Android Management API Extensibility framework, EMMs can adjust Android Management API capabilities on the fly using on-device signals to trigger immediate policy changes and solve for unique and evolving business needs.

With this update, we’re publicly recommending Android Management API to customers and partners as our preferred method of management. More than 60 EMMs — including Microsoft, Citrix, and Google Workspace — have already launched solutions based on Android Management API with many more coming soon.

For our customers with fewer management requirements and IT resources, we launched Android Enterprise Essentials earlier this year to help provide automatic security. We’re now expanding reseller support to Mexico, Italy and Spain this quarter.

Separation for work and private life

One of the unique features of Android is the work profile, which has helped employees boost productivity, keep their personal apps and data private, and achieve a better work-life balance. And for organizations, it’s improved security for business apps and data. Previously, the work profile was only available on managed devices. Now, we’re planning to bring those same work profile benefits to unmanaged users with a business identity, too.

Image of work profile on Android device

The Android work profile will become available to unmanaged Google Workspace users next year

This will eventually allow anyone using Android for business purposes to separate work and personal apps in one interface and pause all work-related apps in one click. This will be available to Google Workspace users first starting next year, with plans to expand to more identity providers soon after.

Join us for the Art of Control

On October 27, we're hosting a special event to talk about these new security and management solutions — and even more to come — to help you manage mobility your way. Register for the Art of Control, and find out how we’re bringing together security and management into one, uncomplicated offering. You’ll also hear from customers like the FBI, Walmart, and Schneider Electric about how they’re using Android Enterprise to achieve effortless control.

Simple device management with Android Enterprise Essentials

Editor’s note: Today’s guest post is from William Vincent, Financial Controller, S. Morris Ltd.

S. Morris Ltd. is a family-owned business that creates and delivers high-quality construction materials to customers throughout southwest England. With products like concrete blocks and bricks, ready-mix concrete and flooring materials, we provide our customers with many of their building project essentials.

Strong customer service and timely delivery are key to our success, and we’re always looking to refine our operations. In fact, we recently shifted our ordering and delivery confirmation processes from paper to digital. As part of this move, we wanted to provide mobile devices to our delivery drivers so they could easily confirm orders and accept digital signatures.

To protect company data, we needed to have the right device management. But we didn’t want an overly complex solution. My team has many responsibilities, so we needed a smooth and efficient way to manage these devices. Android Enterprise Essentials was just what we were looking for — an easy way to manage Android devices with the security controls we needed to ensure data security and privacy for our small business.

Simple, secure device management

Setting up devices and getting them into the hands of our delivery drivers was quick and easy. We selected Samsung Galaxy A02 devices from our service provider Tela, which arrived at our office ready to use, right out of the box.

With Essentials, we were able to enforce necessary security policies, like requiring a PIN code to unlock the device and ensuring that the malware protection provided by Google Play Protect is always in place. Our devices are regularly shared among different drivers we contract with, some of whom will also work for our competitors. So when a contractor has completed their assignment, I simply jump into the portal and assign a new PIN to a device.

Our delivery teams have a lot to keep track of. With Android devices, they now have access to business-critical apps that make the delivery process smoother for our team and customers. And Essentials ensures that this customer data is secure on the device. No more paper receipts, and our inventory is automatically up to date.

New digital efforts through Essentials

Our success with Essentials has inspired us to look at other areas of the business that would benefit from digitization through Android — like capturing, sharing and saving information more efficiently. With Essentials’ security features and simple management tools, we’ll have the ability to scale our efforts with ease.

Building enterprise trust and security with Android 12

As the lines between work and private life get blurred in this age of hybrid and remote work, employees increasingly expect their personal data and apps to be protected on their work devices. At the same time, IT teams need to ensure corporate data remains secure while delivering a productive user experience.

With Android 12, we’re focused on helping organizations achieve the right balance between protecting employee privacy and equipping IT with necessary security and controls. For employees, that means additional privacy controls over which work apps can access their device data, similar to their experience with personal apps. For IT admins, it means more controls to apply the right set of management configurations for work devices.

Enhancing employee privacy and transparency

Android 12 introduces user privacy enhancements for all managed devices, including improved transparency of admin controls. Work profile users will be able to approve (if allowed by their IT admin) or deny sensor-related permissions, such as location and camera, to work profile apps. On fully-managed devices, IT admins can choose to give their users this same control.

work and personal profiles

Work and personal apps have separate controls to keep data secure and private.

To further protect user privacy, admins will be able to set up WiFi networks for employees through a new network API that doesn’t require user location permissions.

Hardware device IDs for personal devices have also changed. Now, instead of solely hardware-based identifiers, companies can use a combination of hardware and employer-specific identifiers that help preserve employee privacy if they leave their organization.

Android 12 provides users with additional privacy tools, such as microphone and camera indicators and controls, to determine how much information users share with apps. We’ve worked to ensure these privacy features all perform seamlessly for managed devices.

mic and camera access controls

Users can adjust controls for camera and mic access through quick settings.

Expanding IT controls and management consistency

Android 11 brought the same work profile privacy features from employee-owned devices to company-owned devices. For Android 12, we’ve added additional controls to help enterprise IT teams reduce security risks and ensure tighter monitoring of business data.

A key addition is network logging for the work profile, to give organizations added control and reporting for their work data, while still protecting user privacy in the personal profile.

We’re also empowering IT to decide what input method editors (IMEs) employees can use in their personal profiles to reduce the risk of using a rogue keyboard that could capture data on the device. IT will also have the ability to disable USB signaling for anything but charging, reducing the risk of USB-based attacks.

Historically, IT admins enforced strict password requirements, forcing users to create highly-complex passwords that were hard to remember. Employees have sometimes resorted to writing down these complicated passwords or they’ve forgotten them altogether, leading to factory resets. Thanks to hardware security improvements that prevent brute-force attacks, these kinds of passwords aren’t needed anymore.

Admins can now easily set password requirements that meet modern security best practices by choosing between pre-set password complexity levels. This will help users and administrators find balance between security and simplicity. We’ve also made it easier for users to set up a separate password for their work profile. Read our newest report, Simplifying Password Quality in Android 12, to learn more.

simplify password complexity

Users can set up an extra passcode for the work profile.

IT admins will also have the option to slice their 5G network and dedicate connectivity to all apps on a fully-managed device, or specifically to apps in the work profile. In partnership with their carrier, admins will be able to have wider control over quality of service and security of work data.

Join us for the Art of Control digital event

Learn more about all of the ways we’re improving security and management at The Art of Control on October 27. Register for our first Android Enterprise security and management digital event, where we’ll share the latest features in Android 12 through demos and analyst briefings. You’ll also hear from customers like Schneider Electric about how they’re using Android Enterprise to achieve effortless control.

MyGate securely connects its teams with Android Enterprise

Editor's note: Today’s post is by Ravi Mohan, General Manager, and Diwesh Sahai, Head of Engineering, for MyGate. The India-based company provides software for managing 20,000 residential housing communities throughout the country.

MyGate is a fast-growing company in India that aims to simplify the living experience in gated communities. Residents in over 20,000 communities across India use the MyGate mobile app to grant visitors entry, pay their leases, and get health and safety notices directly from management. 

Our app began with a focus on security management for residential communities, and has since become a central hub for updating residents about health and safety, and providing a marketplace for in-home services from third parties — with more features on the way. MyGate is currently used in over 3.5 million residences throughout India, and we’re continuing to scale our operations to bring these benefits to even more communities. 

Android Enterprise is key to keeping our employees connected no matter where their day takes them, thanks to strong security and effortless management. 

Finding the right balance with work profile

Our IT team uses Google endpoint management to enroll and manage our corporate-owned Android devices with the work profile. Our hybrid teams access Google Workspace from more than 2,000 devices, with a dedicated space for work apps in their profile.

Many of our teams prefer to complete quick tasks directly from their Android devices, like answering comments in a doc, replying to a thread in Gmail or updating a sheet.

Our sales teams are often on the go — regularly meeting with potential customers, checking in with current clients, and working from the office or at home. We use managed Google Play to enroll everyone’s device with the MyGate app, which our teams use to demonstrate to prospective customers how our service simplifies life in a gated housing community and gives residents a welcome and positive living experience.

Our employees are big fans of the work profile, especially the separation of company and personal apps. And our IT team appreciates the combination of security for company data and  privacy for our employees. We allowlist the specific apps that are essential to our employees’ daily work, so they always have them in the work profile. Managing updates and installing new apps through managed Google Play helps us keep everyone up to date with the tools they need. And employees like the privacy for the personal side of their device, with the ability to disconnect when they need to by pausing their work profile.

Keeping the connection

Android Enterprise also complements our growing Chrome OS device deployment. With our Chrome Enterprise upgrade management capabilities, we’ve been able to quickly give employees devices that are simple to enroll and ready to use. Google Meet has also been essential for team meetings and quick syncs, and has helped us securely scale our contact center team operations.

At MyGate, our goal is to provide safety and convenience to housing residents, right from their mobile device. By managing our company-owned smartphones with Android Enterprise, we are confident that we can scale quickly with strong data and device protection, and management controls for our security needs.

Pixel and Android Enterprise connect National Australia Bank

Supporting the mobility needs of our employees has long been a top priority at National Australia Bank. As the IT team for a leading bank in Australia, we want our colleagues across all levels of the company to have secure access to the information they need.

When recently evaluating our device strategy, we wanted to reduce the time and costs of supporting legacy devices and multiple platforms. Pixel devices managed with Android Enterprise have been key to this strategic shift, benefiting our customer support teams who spent much of the last year working from home while continuing to support our customers remotely. 

Rapidly enabling teams

The IT team issued more than 2,000 Pixel devices to our customer contact teams, enabling them to continue serving customers remotely at the start of the pandemic. Vodafone helped rapidly launch the solution, using zero-touch enrollment to quickly set up devices with the necessary applications and configurations.

With zero-touch enrollment, each Pixel setup was 20 minutes faster than our previous device enrollments, saving our IT team and colleagues over 500 hours during the initiative. With our communication and collaboration apps available right out of the box, our teams could get to work right away to help customers.

Our contact center teams use Pixel devices that are fully managed, which allows us to provide the necessary security controls, and wipe and re-enroll them when transferred to a new employee. Branch Managers use Pixels with the work profile, separating work and personal applications. This gives employees the ability to use the device in a personal capacity while our IT team manages and ensures data security over the work profile.

Our IT team has received positive feedback from employees about their experience with the work profile. The simplicity and clear separation between work and personal profiles is a great benefit for those who want to build better balance into their day. Moreover, our IT admins have the security tools necessary to safeguard critical data. 

With managed Google Play, we have flexibility to assign the needed apps to our managed devices, whether they’re fully managed or using the work profile, through the admin console. Providing our teams the flexibility to assign apps to the right teams is a major time saver and ensures everyone has the resources they need. Branch managers can look up customer service records or answer a ping more quickly from their Pixel, instead of returning back to their desk and logging back on to their desktop computer. Android Enterprise has been a catalyst in a more mobile and responsive environment for our various teams.

Simplified management and security

Given the security requirements of the financial services industry, protecting customer data and preventing leakage is critical. Pixel security updates from Google provide a reliable cadence of ongoing protection as threats evolve, and the work profile hits the right balance between security and privacy for our teams.

The combination of zero-touch enrollment, consistent security updates and integration with device management tools has been a driving force for our IT team. We see Android Enterprise as a key component to our mobility strategy, providing the flexibility and security our teams require.

Work profile delivers security and privacy for Trimble

Editor’s note:Today’s post is from Frej Krook, Collaboration Community Manager for Employee Tools at Trimble. The California-based company builds specialized hardware, software and services for customers in the agriculture, construction, geospatial, transportation and logistics industries to help them better capture data in the field and improve efficiency and outcomes.  

Keeping a global business like Trimble connected is no small amount of work. Our hybrid teams create solutions for a wide range of industries — helping farmers achieve better outcomes through data analysis, offering hardware for geospatial mapping and improving transportation efficiency.

Android Enterprise is one of our keys to keeping everyone connected securely, combining strong security controls with the flexibility to get anyone the apps they need. It simplifies how we manage and protect the thousands of Android devices on our network. The vast majority of these devices are employees’ personal phones enrolled with the work profile; our data and apps are securely managed, while our teams have privacy over their personal data and flexibility to disconnect.

The ideal BYOD solution

We’ve long believed in the value of a “bring your own device” policy. When employees tell our IT team that they want to use their Android phone for work, you should see the big smiles on our faces. Enrolling a personal device with a work profile enables us to set up and manage the device with the settings we need, and the employee gets to keep using a phone they’re familiar with. Devices with the work profile are quick and easy to set up, with minimal impact to support time.

From engineering to sales, marketing and field service, Android devices are key to our global team. Along with the Workspace apps they use to collaborate with every day, we push out our catalogue of more than 50 Trimble apps our teams count on to build client software solutions, test hardware in the field and help clients keep track of their logistics.

Secure and flexible device management

The work profile transforms our employees' personal phones into secure work devices while giving them the freedom to keep using them in a personal capacity. By managing the work profile through Google advanced endpoint management, we only control the apps and data in the work profile and don’t touch employees’ personal apps and data. Our IT team can enforce consistent policies across work profile apps that help prevent data loss.

Employees get better balance by having the ability to pause the work profile when they wish to disconnect.  We also like that if an employee leaves Trimble or loses a phone, we can wipe the work profile with a few clicks in the Admin console. Any Trimble data is securely wiped, and the employee doesn’t have to have their entire phone erased and start from scratch if they leave the company. 

The work profile gives a clear division between work and personal apps, which makes our security teams happy. By allowing users to access work apps on their personal devices, Trimble sees significant cost savings by not having to give each employee a phone just for work.

Another major component to our flexible work success is Chrome Enterprise. With Chrome OS, our IT team has secure, fast devices that work in the cloud while also providing the flexibility to access legacy tools through Parallels Desktop. No matter where we are working, we have devices that are simple to manage with the apps we need.

Building Android solutions

Trimble also builds rugged Android smartphones to offer customers hardware that is well suited to demanding, outdoor environments. The Trimble TDC600 and Nomad 5 enable data collection and connectivity through devices that can withstand all-day use in the field.

With Android, the devices can work seamlessly with our portfolio of applications and provide customers the flexibility to take advantage of the broad app ecosystem of the Google Play Store.

Navigating return-to-office with Android Enterprise

Android Enterprise will play a major role as we transition back to the office. With many of our employees choosing a mix of working from home and in the office, staying connected through their Android devices will be an essential lifeline to their work.

We see Android Enterprise as the ideal device management solution for Trimble. Employees get a better user experience, and we spend less time on support. We believe Android Enterprise will continue to play a central role in our device strategy to give our teams the flexibility they want in how they work and to achieve better balance with their personal time.

Easy data protection with Android Enterprise Essentials

Mobility is critical to how businesses keep their teams connected, especially in a hybrid world where so many of us can work from anywhere. This trend is great for team productivity, and it gives businesses the tools they need to digitize their work and serve customers. 

Yet these businesses must be ever mindful of threats to device security — 47% of companies have seen an increase in cyberattacks since the work from home shift began. 

Security breaches can be devastating for any organization, especially with mobile devices being linked to a company’s sensitive data. But unfortunately small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are less able to absorb the high costs of these security breaches. According to a National Cyber Security Alliance survey, after experiencing a breach, 10% of SMBs file for bankruptcy and 25% go out of business.

With limited budgets and IT resources, most SMBs must choose between management products that are costly and overly complex for their needs, or no protection at all. 

At Google, we take a security-first approach to our products, and are committed to helping businesses of all sizes keep their data safe and secure. That is why we built Android Enterprise Essentials — an automatic and affordable security service for businesses with simpler needs.  Essentials is designed and built by the Android team at Google, guided by our deep experience creating secure and helpful solutions for organizations. We’ve put the needs and realities of SMBs first to create a streamlined set of security and management defaults at an affordable price.

Available in more markets

After offering early access to Essentials through our launch partners, it is now generally available through additional partners in the U.S., the U.K, Japan, France and Germany, with more countries coming soon.

Essentials makes securing and managing devices a breeze. Devices with Essentials are automatically enabled with critical features enabled like remote wiping lost or stolen devices and enforcing a screen lock or preventing sideloading of applications. You can send devices directly to your employees, who can automatically set them up and put them to use right away with no training required. If you ever need to take action, you can view and manage devices via an easy-to-use, streamlined portal. And it all comes at an affordable price, with no additional IT investment required.

Essentials also works for larger organizations that wish to extend core protections to devices that don’t need advanced device management. Essentials can serve as a starting point for customers who want to try out simple management at first, and consider upgrading to more sophisticated management solutions in the future.

Simple solutions for customers

National Services for Health Improvement (NSHI) is a U.K.-based organization focused on improving patient outcomes for its network of global healthcare clients. Essentials provided a quick method to mobilize its teams without a complex setup process.

Having Essentials applied to devices out of the box means we don’t need to worry about training employees or having to spend time setting it up. Steve Rose
IT Consultant, NSHI

Morris & Perry, an asphalt and concrete supplier that has been in operation in the U.K. since 1928, wanted to help its drivers stay connected and access important data throughout the day. Essentials offered them a simple path to select devices and quickly get them into employees’ hands with security features like remote wipe and PIN reset automatically enabled.

“Setting up our devices with Android Enterprise Essentials was fast and easy,” says Will Vincent, financial controller with Morris & Perry. “It significantly helped our operations, as we can remotely reset PIN codes while meeting our security guidelines.”

Get started today

Essentials is now available through a wider network of resellers. We’re pleased to welcome The Barcode Warehouse and Telserve in the U.K.; LDLC Pro, DAMS and Saphelec in France; Brodos and Everphone in Germany; Synnex in Japan and Vox Mobile in the U.S.

Essentials brings much needed tools that help make mobility more secure and accessible for businesses. Check out our Essentials website to learn more. And if you’re interested in becoming an Essentials partner, please visit the Android Enterprise Partner Portal to register for our partner community.