Microsoft announces Intune is part of Android for Work initiative

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Microsoft has announced its enterprise mobility management (EMM) suite Intune is now part of the Android for Work program.

The announcement, made on an official company blog, outlined several new capabilities for the initial release. Microsoft plans to offer a broader set of management policies for Android devices – managing work profiles and defining permission policies for certain...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Appthority examines Android mobile threat landscape – but it’s not all bad news

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A new report from mobile security provider Appthority concludes the mobile threat landscape continues to evolve and singles out three recent vulnerabilities in the Play Store which could be a serious issue for enterprises.

The report, the firm’s latest quarterly Enterprise Mobile Threat Update, examines Godless, LevelDropper, and Overlay. Godless, discovered by Trend Micro researchers, potentially affects almost 90% of Android devices, and is able to silently install apps on...

By James Bourne, 12 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security.

How Google continues to beef up Android’s enterprise abilities

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Android is catching iOS in mobile security, but enterprises don’t yet know it

In many organisations today iOS may be the dominant mobile operating system, but it's the only game in town when it comes to deploying apps for employees. Most enterprises eschew Android altogether and take an "iOS first and only" route. This could change over the next few years as IT departments become aware of recent efforts by Google to improve Android's enterprise standing.

Last month I attended...

By Nicholas McQuire, 17 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Security.

AppConfig Community launches Android best practices

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Updated May 18: The AppConfig Community, an initiative led by four enterprise mobility management (EMM) vendors to promote enterprise app development, has announced it has finalised best practices for Android configurations.

The community, which launched at Mobile World Congress in February with AirWatch VMware, IBM, JAMF Software and MobileIron as its founding members, originally focused on iOS, but three months on is examining Android for Work. Developers will be able to leverage native...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Tangoe moves into ‘mobility as a service’ offering as next step up from TEM

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Telecoms expense management (TEM) provider Tangoe has announced the launch of a managed mobility ‘as a service’ (MaaS) offering, which includes device provisioning, management, and a 24/7 help desk functionality.

The move, which utilises Tangoe’s Matrix Mobility product, also enables enterprises who partner with Tangoe to benefit from reporting, analytics and cost saving, as well as HR information setup and a consulting process. Alongside this, Tangoe is also becoming...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility, MDM.

The heart of the security problem: Why it’s time to fix up Android

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Think your phone is secure just because you have a lock screen password? Think again.

Carriers that license and sell Android devices to their customers gain root access to those devices. The original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, have rooted access as well, which means that before you ever take your “brand new” phone out of the box, you already have two massive companies with backdoor...

By Daniel Riedel, 11 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Nine in 10 Android enterprise devices not on latest OS – but it’s not great for iOS either

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It has long been one of the biggest issues with Android as an enterprise-grade operating system; now, a research report from access security provider Duo Security has found that more than 90% of Android devices analysed are running out of date OSs.

The bad news does not end there, however; almost one in three (32%) of the more than one million devices in Duo’s install base are running on Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich – or older, while one in 20 Android devices...

By James Bourne, 21 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Security.

Latest enterprise OS figures: iOS still holds two thirds of activations, says Good

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It’s that time of year again: another Good Mobility Index, which this time shows enterprise app activations continue at pace, and iOS again rules the roost in regulated industries.

The key finding from the previous quarter’s analysis from the enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider’s customer base –

By James Bourne, 27 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

Insight report: Assessing the enterprise OS landscape for CIOs and developers

The consumerisation of IT and the proliferation of BYOD – not to forget the COBO (corporate owned, business only) device market either – means that your company probably has more mobile devices than desktops and laptops. The decision for your enterprise operating system of choice, however, is an important one. With this in mind, Enterprise AppsTech presents its latest insight report, in association with Zebra Technologies, on the enterprise operating system landscape outside of iOS.

By James Bourne, 23 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility.

MAM deployments for Android: What to look out for

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When it comes to MAM (mobile application management) deployments, Android is about as no-frills as they come.

Unlike Windows Mobile, which requires Symantec certificates to sign your apps, or Apple, which requires a developer account, Android is a bit like the Wild West of mobile apps.

Through Google Play and other Android app stores, you can do a lot on your own—without having to check with Google. And that includes deploying apps.

The only ‘gotcha’ of Android MAM...

By App47, 09 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility, MAM.