By and large, when we talk about smartphones, we’re doing so in the context of personal use. While for many of us that also means doing a bit of business on our phones – catching up with email and what not – we don’t often delve deeply into the sorts of concerns that affect smartphone buying decisions in institutional settings. The fact is, though, being attractive to businesses can have a big impact on mobile device sales, and it’s usually going to be in a smartphone company’s best interest to make its products appealing to the corporate IT world. Today we see Google making some progress in that direction, with the introduction of new remote admin tools.
These new abilities come to admins set up to manage Androids running Google Apps for Business, Government and Education. While they had the ability to do things like device wipes, Google’s adding some more refined control over that, like clearing app data without performing a full wipe, or being able to clear microSD cards, in addition to internal storage.
Google also gives admins improved control over enforcing security policies, and grants new abilities to remotely configure WiFi operation.
We know, this won’t affect many of you directly, but changes like this help Google build-up Android’s market share.