Enterprise

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion manages corporate assets on Android

RIM is having a tough time right now. They're being squeezed from the top with iOS and from the bottom (well, bottom, top, sides and everywhere else) with Android. But the BlackBerry hardware is only part of RIM's overall business, and they're making a major effort to expand even more into the corporate services space. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will allow IT managers to access and control company assets on BlackBerry, Android and iOS devices, essentially making the existing Enterprise Server cross-platform.

Motorola readies ET1 7-inch rugged business tablet

Android still isn't considered especially business-friendly (that title still rests with the increasingly humble Blackberry) and most "business tablets" come with either a full version of Windows, Windows CE or a custom operating system. Motorola is aiming to change that with the ET1, a rugged business tablet designed specifically for point-of-sale operations and other things done while listening to Bachman Turner Overdrive. Compared to Cisco's Cius tablet, it could be a winner.

Cisco Cius Android Tablet Aims for Enterprise Crowd

Cisco is prepping to release what looks to be their first Android tablet and it will be called the Cisco Cius. With the tablet market already getting pretty crowded with the Transformer, Xoom, Galaxy Tab and more on the way they have decided to take a different approach. They will be aiming for the Enterprise crowd with the Cius and will have apps specifically tailored for just that.

Panasonic Announces its Toughbook, Professional Grade Android Tablet

Panasonic has released many laptops and notebooks in the past bearing the "Toughbook" name but this will be a first for the company. They are going after an area of the market that has yet to be filled, this will not be a thin and pretty tablet but it will be rugged and tough that is for sure. They are calling it a "Enterprise and Business Ready" tablet geared for professional and business users that need to take their tablet out in the wild and with them everywhere in the field.

Android courts Enterprise with remote-tracking, encryption & more

Google has announced a renewed focus on enterprise use of Android devices, with a range of new features centered around security and collaborative working. Available to all Google Apps for Business and Google Apps for Education customers, the functionality includes remote tracking and locking support via the My Devices dashboard. It's now possible to locating a lost Android 2.2+ handset on a map, ring the device, and reset its PIN or password remotely. There's also a new "Encrypt Data on Device" feature, which will now include requiring encrypted storage on Android 3.0 tablets. Finally, there's a new Google Apps Lookup feature which promises to make locating enterprise business details more straightforward. More information on the changes here.

Motorola unveils plans to make Android secure

Both the iPhone and the Blackberry line of smartphones have robust security features that make them appealing to corporations that need to be able to manage devices closely. The Android OS lacks the robust security that many enterprise customers want to see before they adopt a device.

VMWare announces mobile viritualization for Android

Today at MWC, viritualization developer VMWare showed off a mobile virtualization option for Android Phones. Mobile Virtualization would allow users to have both a private profile and a business profile operating on a single Android headset with the ability to switch between the two. The advantage is that employees can use the phone they prefer and keep a "chinese wall" between personal apps and enterprise based apps for security reasons. Initially, the virtualization option will be available through LG phones as the software must be pre-installed. There is no aftermarket application download capability. But that will change as more handset makers come on board.

Motorla buys 3LM, stakes claim in Android Security market

Hackers have one simple rule: the larger the footprint a platform has online, the easier it is for hackers to go after. PCs learned that the hard way while others enjoyed relative anonymity by flying under the radar.  And since it wasn't long ago that Android devices began to outsell the other handsets, a big target has been placed on their collective backs in terms of wireless security. So Motorola is being proactive by buying 3LM, a security company that develops online shields for Android devices.
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