Android for Work - a Colossal Launch from Google

By CIOReview | Monday, March 2, 2015
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SANTA CLARA, CA: Businesses and government institutions to get a makeover with a secure, scalable, app-centric, mobility solution that ensures extraordinary user experience. Together with Google, Citrix announces the extension of its XenMobile support for Android for Work. Built on the multi-year collaboration between Citrix and Google, the offering includes virtual app and desktop delivery on Chrome devices and existing enterprise mobility management (EMM) support for Android smartphones and tablets.

Lynn Greiner analyses the latest offering and report for the Financial Post, “Android for Work has four components. On devices running the newest version of Android, Lollipop (5.0), which has native support for multiple users, default encryption, and enhanced SELinux security enforcement, IT can create and manage dedicated work profiles – containers that will isolate business data. For older versions of the OS, from Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) up, there’s an Android for Work app that delivers secure mail, calendar, contacts, documents, browsing and access to approved work apps. It, too, can be completely managed by IT.”

‘Android for Work’ can remove the taboo on androids which are widely deployed in enterprises owing to the BYOD trends but were having security issues. With more and more people regularly using the same smart devices for personal and work purpose, a secure mobile workspace that provides instant access to their business apps, data and services on any device over any network became a necessity.

Combining Citrix mobile workspace solutions with Android and Chrome devices ensures joint customers can deliver the security, flexibility and the experience people need to work anytime, anywhere. The apps come with a work badge for the users to identify which ones they are engaging. Notifications and app switcher shows the work badge even outside the launcher.

Citrix XenMobile support ‘Android for Work’ offers users clear cut space for business and personal data with appropriate sharing restrictions and security options. Citrix also expands support for Samsung KNOX to enable enhanced management and control on Samsung Galaxy devices. XenMobile is unique in its ability to offer consistent security and policies across all mobile device platforms, including its support for FIPS 140-2 encryption and compliance standards.

Google is also gearing up for partnership with the likes of SAP, BlackBerry and others on the management side; Samsung, HTC and Motorola on the device side, with Box, Adobe and Salesforce for building apps for the system.

Since 2011 both the companies have been striving to deliver enterprise grade apps to Chromebooks. Now, customers have the flexibility to choose, manage and secure any of the latest Samsung and Android-based smartphones, tablets or Chromebooks and deliver complete mobile workspace solutions to enable higher productivity for users with ‘Android for Work’.