Editor's Note: Android for Work Live airs today at 11AM PST. Register here.
The Internet, like previous transformational technologies, emerged as a new and distinct tool before becoming business as usual.
Mobile at work is going through a similar transition, with organizations now interweaving the next generation of mobile productivity into the lives of every employee and through every workflow.
Android for Work: a shared vision for business mobilityWe launched Android for Work earlier this year to help businesses put Android’s choice and flexibility to work for them. More than a “packaged” product, Android for Work is a dynamic, expanding ecosystem of more than 80 partners with a shared vision for transforming business.
Android for Work expands on the platform’s multi-layered security, capabilities and APIs, and provides powerful ways for manufacturers, developers, mobility managers and carriers to create the next generation of solutions for work, beyond basic email and productivity.
Marshmallow: BYOD and single useAfter enabling “bring your own device” (BYOD) use cases and streamlining application deployment in Lollipop, we’ve taken the next step to improve enterprise mobility in Marshmallow. Workers now enjoy an enhanced BYOD experience with work status notifications and contacts integration. Administrators can simplify certificates, seamlessly set up new accounts, apply more granular permissions and provision new users using NFC.
New work APIs in Marshmallow also enable easy deployment and management of devices in dedicated single-use scenarios, such as defined tasks, kiosks and ATMs.
Going deep on securityAndroid for Work builds upon the expanded security features such as runtime permissions, verified boot, hardware-isolated security, SELinux, application sandboxing and protections within Google Play Services.
By going deep on security, it made sense that most security-conscious companies such as BlackBerry are collaborating with us to support Android for Work. Additionally, following the announcement of its first Android device, PRIV, BlackBerry announced their support for monthly scheduled updates, matching the Android patch schedule. You can find details of their announcement here.
Together along with Nexus, Samsung and Blackphone by Silent Circle, patching is predictable and responsive.
The freedom to chooseBusinesses are responding to Android’s choice and flexibility, enjoying the range of price points and form factors – from the ultra stylish to the ultra rugged. They’re also deploying an array of business apps and building their own custom solutions on the open framework.
More than 19,000 organizations are already testing, deploying or using Android for Work. During Android for Work Live, we’ll showcase how new customers including Guardian Life Insurance deploys Android for BYOD; Peninsula Hotels provides guests with Android tablets for room controls, information and service; and Safelite repair technicians use Samsung devices for communication, scanning, navigation, payment and training.