'Android for Work' Releases on Marshmallow Run Devices; Now Work-and-Play on One Device

By CIOReview | Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: The blockbuster release of Google in the early part of the year, ‘Android for Work’, has once again taken a leap to make its presence felt more strongly in the enterprise level. The latest news doing the rounds is the release of Android version 6.0 and its fusion with Android for Work.

Android for Work was designed exclusively to meet the demands of enterprise mobility management, while giving control to IT, with added layers of flexibility and security. The Google powered, Android for Work, has been able to garner oodles of rave reviews, with its successful deployment and testing across 19,000 approx organizations.

The release of Android’s newest offering, Marshmallow as it’s officially called, acts as an extra benefit for it. The candy-themed update brings across simple yet powerful updates, without being extra ostentatious. Instead, Google has focused on few new handy features, like Now on Tap, Android Pay, Fingerprint support, redesigned app drawer and enhanced battery life and performance. All of these being compatible with Android for Work, makes the smartphone and tablets a perfect business tool for the employees.

Already an exuberant number of mobile brands and big players of Android platform, have made a mark in enterprise driven Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) ecosystem. This time Google has went on with full force, to build its own BYOD experience with user customized features like status notifications, stored contacts and even provisioning new users with the NFC technology.

Android for Work, conveniently separates business apps from personal apps, enabling the Android run devices with both work and play at the same time. It puts forward a dedicated work profile for business content that never clashes with personal data, as a result, avoiding IT admins having access to user’s photos, files, emails or any other personal stuff.

The productivity application strengthens users with flexibility and choice to work, in anytime and from anywhere. With extended support from Marshmallow devices, it offers built-n security, management and application functions. It includes new APIs for Marshmallow that will be dedicated to "single-use scenarios, such as defined tasks, kiosks and ATMs”.

Google will be trying to woo IT managers for third-party apps that integrate with the likes of Google Calendar, Drive and Gmail. It has also revamped its email inbox, with an updated new function called “Smart Reply”, which is enabled with machine learning algorithms, user suggestions and natural language recognition.