Google expands BYOD management for Android devices

June 27, 2013
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Google has been rather friendly with the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and enterprise crowd. In fact it wasn't all that long ago when we saw the Admin app launch for Android. And well, flashing forward back to the present day and we have some new device management features being rolled out by Google.

As of today Google has added four new Android device management features and they include selective data wipes and the ability to wipe an SD card along with a Device Policy app and a WiFi configurations setting option. Basically, these new features and improvements should help your IT admin better manage the company devices.

Looking at these in a bit more depth, lets begin with the selective data wipes. This will be good for those with a personal device. This one will allow the IT department to remove all of the Google Apps account data without having to wipe the complete device. In addition, there is also an option to wipe an SD card, thought this one is tied in with complete device wipes.

The Device Policy app is described as being able to help "ensure that security policies are enforced across all devices." In order to accomplish this, the app will always require the latest version of the Device Policy app be installed. Finally, the last of the new features is the WiFi configuration option. This will allow WiFi settings to be entered once in the Admin console and then automatically pushed to all the managed Android devices.

SOURCE: Google Enterprise Blog


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