Remotely Manage Android Devices with Google Apps
Android devices that feature what’s being called the “Google Experience” feature “tight integration” with Google Apps, including Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, and Google Docs. Soon that integration will become even tighter.
According to a post by Amit Singh, Vice President of International Sales for Google Enterprise, those who have subscribed to the “Google Apps” service will soon be able to remotely manage their Android devices. Any Android device running version 2.2+ (Froyo) and connected to their Google Apps account will be able to access their corporate information, and their administrator can enforce corporate data security policies.
This means a lost or stolen Android can be remotely wiped, idle devices can be locked after a period of inactivity, devices can be required to use a password (and minimum requirements for more secure passwords can be set). Additionally, if an employee leaves the company, the administrator can cut them off from corporate access, yet still allow the employee to use the Android as if it were their own.
To take advantage of these features you’ll need to load up the Google Apps Device Policy app (which should be available from Android Market soon). Once the online features are activated, you’ll be able to find them in the Google Apps control panel under the “Mobile” tab in “Service Settings”.
Unfortunately for users like myself, these features will only be available free to all Google Apps Premier and Education Edition customers. Hopefully Google will extend this service to people like me who have a Google Apps account for use with their immediate family.