Oct 28 AT 7:28 PM Taylor Wimberly 10 Comments

Google Apps can now manage Android devices 100% web-based

We’ve already seen handset makers like Motorola going after the BlackBerry crowd and now Google is ready to bring Android to the enterprise users. Today in Tokyo, over 600 IT leaders attended Google Enterprise Day 2010 where Google launched new admin features that make it possible to securely manage Android devices in the Google Apps environment.

The new management features (available in devices running Android 2.2 or higher) include:

  • Remotely wipe all data from lost or stolen mobile devices
  • Lock idle devices after a period of inactivity
  • Require a device password on each phone
  • Set minimum lengths for more secure passwords
  • Require passwords to include letters and numbers

The cool thing about Google Apps is that admins can control their company’s devices using only a web browser. That means no expensive servers or desktop software is required to manage all their mobile devices.

These policies will be controlled by a new Android app called Google Apps Device Policy, which should appear in the official Market soon. Another cool feature is that employees can access their business information on their own personal devices (by downloading the app) and administrators can withdraw access to it when they leave the company.

To learn more about these updates in mobile device management for Google Apps, join Google for a live webcast with Mayur Kamat, Google Apps Product Manager, on November 10, 2010 at 9 a.m. PDT / 12 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. GMT. Register now.

Source: Google Enterprise Blog

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