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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  • http://Website Antonio Mendoza

    This is an awsome bit of news, I work in the healthcare field and with the need for confidentiality and compliance with privacy laws, this sounds very, very exciting. Maybe I can persuade my boss to get us all off the BB handsets and set us up with a bunch of Droids or Galaxy S….it doesn’t hurt to dream right.

    • http://Website Kenny

      The only problem I can foresee with that is that Epocrates is not yet fully available for Android last I checked, and I know how much you guys love that little app lol

  • http://Website Paul

    That’all well and fine. But for true enterprise support, when are vwe going to see the Android OS support encryption?

  • http://Website Mark

    This is all nice and dandy but I wouldn’t trust secure corporate data to a random server.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Random server? It’s all in Google’s cloud.

      • http://Website JJL919

        Still not in your control. This is a step towards the right direction, but I’d love to see support for private servers, not Google’s. There’s a reason some companies haven’t moved to cloud computing: the information is too vital to trust to anyone outside of the organization.

        • http://Website Ryan McKay

          This mindset is quickly turning around. Companies abuse your trust in issues like security it becomes pretty big news quick. Same thing with off site backups. Everyone agrees that this is very good security practice, but in most cases it moves data to another center outside of your control.

          MANY companies have moved cloud. With the high cost of purchasing and running a server farm, many more companies will move to cloud.

          While I agree that there is certain data that has to stay on site, I don’t see the current list of what this attains being it. Sending a kill command and setting lockout or password preferences does not require a private server.

  • http://www.emagenstudios.com Jesse

    Very cool news. I’m wondering since this will be available as a downloadable app from the market place, will this be something anyone can download like me to manage my device.

    Does anyone know if this will be possible?

  • http://afeldman.net Alex

    Taylor, check the title of this article. It has an extra “now” in it.

    • Angie Strickland

      fixed, thank you :)