Google today made real its Android for Work product, which was first announced last June at the Google I/O conference. Android for Work is built in to Android 5.0 Lollipop and is available as a separate app for Android 3.0 Ice Cream Sandwich through Android 4.4 KitKat. With Android for Work, Gogole allows businesses bring more devices to work by securing, managing and innovating on the Android platform.
Android for Work features Work profiles. Built on the default encryption, enhanced SELinux security enforcement and multi-user support in Android 5.0, Lollipop, Work profiles isolate and protect work data. IT can deploy approved work apps right alongside their users personal apps knowing their sensitive data remains secured. People can use their personal apps knowing their employer only manages work data and won’t erase or view their personal content.
For devices running Ice Cream Sandwich through Kitkat, or that don’t run work profiles natively, Google has created the Android for Work app. The app, which delivers secure mail, calendar, contacts, documents, browsing and access to approved work apps, can be completely managed by IT.
In addition, Google Play for Work allows businesses to deploy and manage apps across all users running Android for Work, simplifying the process of distributing apps to employees and ensures that IT approves every deployed app.
For everyday business tasks, Google has also created a suite of business apps for email, contacts and calendar, which supports both Exchange and Notes and provides document editing capabilities for documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
Google said it is partnering with more than two dozen companies including Blackberry Ltd, Citrix Systems Inc, Box Inc.
BlackBerry confirmed the deal, saying that it is working with Google to enable its BES12 software to manage and secure some of Google's Android devices.
The BES12 solution will integrate with the Android OS to enable platform-level containerization. This will eliminate the need for application wrapping, while providing unhindered access to Google Now and any Android application available on Google Play that is permitted by an organization’s IT policies.
In November, BlackBerry announced partnerships with Samsung and other high-profile technology industry players, broadening the reach of its revamped mobile-device management and security platform.
Update for Google Play Music
Satying with Google, the company announced that starting now, you can upload 50,000 of your own music files to Google Play Music, so you can stream them on your Android phone or iPhone. The limit used to be 20,000 songs, which was still big enough for most personal music catalogs, but now you get more than double the capacity.
All you have to do is sign in to Google Play Music. From there the site will walk you through the process of installing the Chrome app or using the Music Manager software to add your music files. You can grab your entire library from iTunes or elsewhere, or just pick individual tracks and albums to add.
You can stream or download music to your Android, iPhone or iPad for easy offline listening. It’s also all available on the web when you’re on your computer. And, when you upgrade to a new computer or phone, your music comes along, too.
And, if you subscribe to Play Music All Access, the company's $10-per-month streaming service similar to Spotify and Rdio, you can stream your songs along with Google's 30-million strong library as well.
The extra storage is more than you get with iTunes Match, Apple's competing service that costs $24 per year and has a limit of 25,000 songs.