The empire strikes back: Microsoft’s mobile strategy - will Cortana usurp Google Now?

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I was interested recently to see that Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant can replace Google Now in Android beta test versions. Google originally created Android as a defensive move so that it couldn’t be frozen out of mobile by Apple or Microsoft, so while today this sounds like a hobbyist project, the possibility of Microsoft replacing Google services in Android shouldn’t be dismissed lightly.

The world has moved on from the days when Google was afraid of Windows...

By David Akka, 25 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Enterprises increasing deployment of custom apps, yet secure browser remains key

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The average organisation uses more than three apps in addition to email, according to Good Technology’s latest Mobility Index report.

More than two thirds (67%) of Good customers surveyed said they deployed two or more apps, with one in five (21%) saying they use five or more apps. 5% of organisations polled said they use 10 or more apps.

Secure browser remained the most popular app, emphasising the importance of connection to the corporate intranet. The browser comprised half...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

BlackBerry and Google solidify deal to “set new standards in enterprise mobile security”

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The slew of rumours surrounding a greater partnership between BlackBerry and Google – previously attributable to leaked images of BlackBerry phones running on Android and the like – has gone up a notch, with BlackBerry purchasing the AndroidSecured.com domain name.

Clicking on that address takes you to a curious page which proclaims the text: “BlackBerry and Google are working...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility.

MobileIron’s latest announcements: Android for Work, admin strength and employee privacy

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All things considered, it’s been a pretty good week for enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider MobileIron. The Mountain View-based firm was named a leader for the fifth consecutive year by Gartner in its recently published EMM Magic Quadrant, and its Mobile First Conference, in San Francisco, saw a plethora of news and product releases.

Nick McQuire, VP enterprise research...

By James Bourne, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Exec claims Android will “eclipse” iOS in the enterprise: Is it the right call?

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The head of ICT at UK-based blind manufacturer Hillarys Blinds claims Android, and particularly Android for Work, will “eclipse” iOS in the enterprise.

Julian Bond made the bold statement at Computing’s recent Enterprise Mobility and Application Management Summit. He told delegates: “It depends what sort of industries you’re in the same room as, but compared with a year ago it’s very interesting to see the shift towards Android and a lot of...

By James Bourne, 11 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility.

Google moves to be mightier in the enterprise with Android M

Yesterday at I/O, Google announced that with Android M, its team has focused on polish and quality. This follows last year’s event, introducing a whole new look and feel for Android, and the introduction of Android Auto, Android TV and Android Wear. Outside of the main announcements that the company talked about, such as Android Pay, changes to app permissions, upgrades to Google Now and Chrome Custom Tabs (to name but a few), we’ll investigate what Google didn’t talk about - its enhancements to Android for...

By Adam Mayer, 29 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility.

Good Technology CEO hits back at Android for Work competitor claims

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Good Technology CEO Christy Wyatt has responded to claims from a competitor that the EMM provider ‘looks likely to run out of cash’, is not supported by Android for Work and competes with native email user experiences.

Writing in a blog post, she notes: “I am not in the habit of responding to FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt), but in this case, I felt it important to set the record straight.”

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By James Bourne, 28 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility.

“I got 99 problems but mobile malware ain’t one”: Verizon’s verdict

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The latest Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) from telco giant Verizon has argued that mobile devices are not a preferred vector in data breaches, among other interesting findings.

The 70 page behemoth is a refreshing read, written as it is in a relatively informal style and not the insomnia-inducing texts of competitors. Hence the title for the DBIR mobile section – “I Got 99 Problems and Mobile Malware Isn’t Even 1% of Them”.

One interesting fact...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, Malware, Security.

Apperian announces Android Lollipop support and updated enterprise app store

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Mobile app management (MAM) provider Apperian claims that “enterprise support for Android can no longer take a backseat to iOS”, as it announces support for Android Lollipop as well as a redesign of its enterprise app store.

The Boston-based company has been making waves in the enterprise mobile space for eschewing the traditional mobile device management (MDM) approach to protecting data.

By James Bourne, 06 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise App Stores, Enterprise Mobility, MAM, Security.

Assessing the executive outlook on Android’s enterprise ecosystem #MWC15

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Analysis It’s an exciting yet challenging time for the CIO. Employees are going to bring their own devices into work, but even though Android is the dominant consumer platform, the enterprise side is relatively lacking. If there is a paradigm shift afoot, something is still holding it back.

Nowhere is this more keenly felt than Google itself. The much-vaunted release of...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Employees, Enterprise App Stores, Enterprise Mobility, Samsung, Security.