Android gets data encryption and remote locate and swipe features.
Favorite among consumers, Android is a little…far off to be the choice of smartphone for business and enterprise users. However, with today’s update, Google is looking to build up on that front and get the security-crazy enterprise users on the Android bandwagon.
First off the Google Apps Device Policy app now allows employees to quickly secure a lost or stolen Android 2.2+ device either by locating it on a map or ringing the device and resetting the PIN or password of the device remotely via the new My Devices website.
Secondly, Google Apps administrators now have an option to ‘Encrypt Data on Device’ in the control panel, which will now require encrypted storage on Android 3.0 tablets.
And finally, a new corporate contacts app called Google Apps Lookup has been introduced that aims to make finding people in the organization faster. Search can be made either by typing or speaking the name or email address, and then tap to call, email, IM or send a text message.
Will these features be enough to pursue organizations to switch to Android?