Remember when we reported that Google will launch Android Lollipop for work and play last year? For those who don’t, here’s a refresher: Those who are using their personal mobile for work rather than company-issued device will now be able to to separate the phone, technically, for work and play. Google has now announced Android for Work’s arrival so you have to wait no more.
Android for Work will work (heh) on Lollipop devices. It will allow users to create work-specific user profiles. This will then keep several apps and data separated from contents that are personal. Those with older versions of Android, don’t fret just yet.
A new app with the same name, Android for Work, will be available to those with older versions of Android (from Kit Kat extending to Ice Cream Sandwhich). It will provide similar features of isolation as well as security. App access will be able to be restricted by the IT managers unless approved in the work mode.
Google has worked together with a number of big names in partnership for Android for Work including: Cisco, BlackBerry, Motorolla, Samsung, Box, and others. These partnerships, they claim, will bring consistent management platform allowing the enterprise managers to control the all Android devices. Not only that, but they also bring more secure business apps and devices to the program.
Here’s a more detailed explanations on the new components Google has worked on:
- Work Profiles
- Multi-user support
- Create dedicated work profile isolating and protecting work data
- IT is able to deploy approved work apps alongside personal apps, this way users will know that their sensitive data will remain secure
- Employees will only get to manage work data, will not be able to erase or view personal content
- Android for Work App
- Delivers secure mail, calendars, contacts, documents, browsing, & access to approved work apps – all manageable by IT
- For Android devices with Kit Kat to Ice Cream Sandwhich
- Google Play for Work
- Allows buinesses to deploy and manage securely apps across users that run Android for Work
- Simplifies distribution of apps to employees
- Ensures IT approves all deployed app
- Built-in Productivity Tools
- A suite of business apps for everyday business tasks including: e-mail, contacts, calendar
- Supports Exchange and Notes
- Provides document editing capabilities for documents, spreadsheets, & presentations
Those who are interested to sign up for the program can register at the Android for Work website!
Along with the release of Android for Work, Google is said to be developing a messaging feature through Hangouts that will allow users to chat with businesses in real time. Here’s how it works: when users search for businesses in Search, there will be a new link under the information section telling you whether the business is available for a quick chat. It does not matter what business it is, even restaurants or furniture shops.
When the links are clicked in Hangouts chat on desktop or mobile even, users are able to message the business. Users can probably ask about the opening hours, availability of products, or even, booking an event, anything users would like to ask literally. The Hangouts message thread will also show users how long it usually takes the business to reply to the queries.
There’s no words being said whether this feature will be able to go mainstream. There are no services guaranteed to be around. For now, the features will work only in Google Search. Maybe in the future will be available in Google Maps.
What do you think of the feature? Will it be helpful to you? Let us know what you think in the comments below.