Google releases OEMConfig standard for EMM providers

A new Android standard, called OEMConfig, has been released by Google for enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers who make software that enable organisations to securely support employee use of mobile devices and applications.

As originally reported by CBR, OEMConfig focuses on removing the need for EMM product designers to build support for each and every feature, included on original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) devices. The new standard uses managed configurations, a feature in Android Enterprise that allows developers to provide built-in support for apps configuration. With the help of the new standard, EMMs can support all of a device manufacturer’s different set of controls without any incremental development work on their end.

Google chose nine EMM providers that meet compatibility with Android devices in a new programme launched in early 2019. The Android Enterprise Recommended project was launched with nine companies assured for their ability to provide technical and security issues in their Android-compatible EMM products. Companies, such as BlackBerry, Google Cloud, I3 Systems, Microsoft, MobileIron, Softbank, SOTI, and VMware have all been added to the new Google programme.

An analysis from Egnyte, however, states that though Android continues to dominate the consumer banner with all its flavours, iOS outnumbers it by approximately four to one in an enterprise context. Yet just a technical analysis shows how much progress has been made. Writing for EnterpriseCIO at the time, Chris Koeneman at MOBI noted the importance of enterprise mobility in the Android 9.0 release, focusing on smart reply, text and image selection, and better battery saving technology.

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