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report from access security provider Duo Security has found that more than 90% of Android devices analysed are running out of date OSs.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.

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.