Just a couple days earlier this week, we learned about Google’s latest purchase, as it snatched-up Divide and the company’s enterprise-focused smartphone software. We mused about how this purchase might signal growing interest in Google wanting to draw enterprise customers away from the likes of BlackBerry or iOS, and while there may be such an expansion currently at play, it’s not like Google’s an abject newcomer to enterprise services, having dealt with businesses for years. Today we hear about the latest way it’s helping system administrators support Android devices, introducing some new Google Apps Mobile Management tools.
Google Apps Mobile Management lets Google Apps customers enforce policies and control security across smartphone platforms, but today’s new tools deal with Android in specific.
For one, GAMM now includes new reporting fields to let admins see additional data about managed devices – even things like baseband revision and the platform build number to help admins track down really hard-to-nail compatibility problems.
Security tools see a few boosts, like a mode that can automatically remove account credentials from a device that hasn’t been synced recently, in order to help prevent inactive phones from becoming security breaches waiting to happen. There are also new detection tools to notice root access or custom ROMs – while either may be perfectly fine for your personal phone, they could also signal someone trying to gain unauthorized access to a GAMM-administered device.
Finally, there’s extended support for managing WiFi security, with the ability to distribute CA-based certificates for EAP networks.
What does all this mean for you? Well, with this sort of progress Google’s making, expect more and more employers to be tolerant of BYOD smartphone policies.