So, Google is looking to cut your Android phone into two. No, not literally. The company wants to split your phone personality – one for work, one for play. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?
During the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, the tech typhoon revealed to everyone that the latest mobile Android operating system will allow you to have both your business apps and personal apps but run them both separately. Confused? Not really. It’s basically data separation between work and play according Google’s senior vice president, Sundar Pichai.
The software that is responsible for this data separation is Google’s technology that it just recently got its hand on with the purchase of the company, Divide. The software looks to keep corporate apps into “containers” and hence, allowing users to access it without mixing it up with personal apps. Hence, allowing modification, deletion and any other action easily done on the business apps in isolation of the personal stuff. Its a like 2 in 1 package. Appealing idea.
By the looks of it, it’ll be very convenient for companies to wipe clean an ex employee’s work data without entering any personal apps. And that’s what Google’s main purpose is for this new software. It wants to make Android more attractive to the business market by securing corporate data on an employee’s mobile devices.
Amit Singh, the main who overlooks Google’s business sales expressed that this is the company’s first major effort to make a breakthrough in the corporate world. The new feature will work alongside the other offerings Google already offers to schools and corporations such as the suit of online applications, Google Apps and the Google Chromebook notebooks.
Alongside this, Pichai revealed new technology that will enable users to use the Android smartphone and tablet applications on the Google Chromebook notebook. This would again help with Google’s push into the corporate industry.
The tech giant will also be releasing new developer tools-application programming interfaces or APIs to assist with the data separation. This will allow businesses to wrap applications inside these protective “containers”. All these fresh features are to be accessible with the launch of Android L. Not to worry, Pichai has explained that the company is looking to getting these features brought to older versions of Android as well.
Samsung has offered similar technology through Samsung Knox, and this was addressed by Pichai. He explained that the phone maker was contributing Knox as an open source software to Google’s OS project. Why? Well, the main aim is to have a consistent story across Android.
In addition, an official announcement by Google has informed us that its cloud service, Drive will be especially for business and have unlimited storage along with other features. The price? Only $10 a month! For such a small price, companies will also be able to get built-in encryption, enhanced controls for administration and special APIs for audit and other activities. Google Drive now has 90 million 30-day active users.