After first showcasing it at I/O 2014, Google is finally ready with Android for Work. The company late Wednesday announced in a blog post that Android for Work is now available for enterprise users, as a platform to best use the personal Android devices as a work device.
“For the majority of workers, smartphones and tablets are underutilized in the workplace. Their business and innovation potential remain largely untapped. Today we’re announcing the Android for Work program to tap into that potential. With a group of partners, we’re helping businesses bring more devices to work by securing, managing and innovating on the Android platform,” wrote Rajen Sheth, Director of Product Management, Android and Chrome for Work in the blog post.
According to Google, Android for Work includes four main components – work profiles in Android 5.0 Lollipop to keep personal and work data seperate and protected, Android for Work app in Android 4.0 to 4.4 for secure access to work apps (as there is no profiles support in older Android versions), Google Play for Work for secure and custom Appstore for work apps and productivity tools to meet enterprise needs.
The seach giant has partnered with device makers like Samsung, Sony, LG, Lenovo, HTC, Motorola, Huawei, Dell and HP to make their compliant with Android for Work as well as enterprise apps and tools maker like SAP, Cisco, Box and more to build apps ready for the Google platform.
Google is hoping the Android for Work will help it stop the migration for enterprise users from BlackBerry to iOS and get them to its fold.
You can read more about Android for Work on the company website.