A closer look at Android for Work

Posted: 04 Mar 2015 08:32 AM PST

Last week we announced the Android for Work program, which helps businesses bring more devices to work by securing, managing and innovating on the Android platform. Today, Google Apps Mobile Management is ready for you to take full advantage of Android for Work.

The Android for Work platform offers three main benefits: more granular control of Android devices, a framework for mobile application management via Google Play for Work, and a new layer of separation for work-related applications known as the Work Profile.

The Work Profile is an addition to our existing Android Sync for Google Apps offering. As domain admin, you now have the ability to choose a level of data separation that balances end user productivity with your organization’s security requirements. There are two secure Work Profile operating modes, governed by a setting in the Admin console:

  1. third-party mobile app distribution - Employees may continue to safely operate Gmail and other Google mobile apps using the built-in account switcher, while admins curate third-party apps, available for download from Google Play for Work, in the Work Profile.
  2. separate container - Admins approve and whitelist all work-related apps (both Google and third-party) for the Work Profile, and employees download the apps appropriate to their job function from Google Play for Work.

Whichever mode is chosen, employees have a seamless experience on their mobile device and all work information is encrypted and can be remotely wiped, thereby keeping corp data secure from other activity on the phone. On one’s phone, work apps are identified by an orange briefcase badge:
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Check out the Help Center for more details on how optimize these new features for your organization.

Release track:
Rapid release and Scheduled release

For more information:
Help Center
Google for Work blog post

Note: all launches are applicable to all Google Apps editions unless otherwise noted

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