Championing Android for BYOD Market
Android is becoming the most used operating system (OS) beating Microsoft’s Windows with over 40 percent of total users. Enterprises are pushing towards leveraging Android to integrate more BYODs for office workers that will be supported by master data management (MDM). Corporate-owned devices will increase the chances of preventing data breaches as well as enable personal data of the user to reside side by side without breaching user’s privacy.
In fact, Android 6.0 ‘Marshmallow’ (M) has an improved user interface supported by an ‘assist’ API application that gathers information from an opened app and sends it to a chosen assistant application for analysis. This information is then leveraged by Google Now’s newly added feature for Android 6.0, Google Now on Tap, which enables the user to research information on the context of available information from the opened apps.
Additionally, the new Marshmallow version also allows resetting an SD card from a portable to an internal storage. This would make the SD card as the primary storage area and access to applications by formatting the external card with an ext4 file system encryption. This feature can be leveraged constantly in BYOD devices to store a vast amount of information without having to delete any data or application to make space.
To improve connectivity, Android M has removed its dependency on Apache HTTP client to support HttpURLConnection. This evidently increases the efficiency of the device exponentially, secures communication, and improves response handling and performance. This will enable BYOD users to process and post contents on the web easily.
Android OS systems consist of several inbuilt security features to help developers build apps and file permissions seamlessly. For instance, the Application Sandbox feature leverages Linux user-based protection to isolate apps and codes from malicious apps by creating a unique User ID for each Android application. The OS systems also provide common facilities such as encrypted file systems to protect data of stolen or lost devices, cryptography, user-granted permissions, application–defined permissions and secure IPC. Moreover, the files and data stored on the internal storage can only be accessed by the applications on the devices, thus, creating a secure environment for the users.