Yesterday, we heard news that Google is buying Divide, which should give Android a boost in the enterprise world in the near future, but Google already has a few things in store. They just announced new features to Google Apps Mobile Management that will help employees be more productive and protect corporate data.
Inactive Account Wiping will allow IT administrators to set the amount of days an inactive account will automatically get wiped. Compromised device detection will alert IT administrators if someone has rooted a device or installed a custom ROM. They also added support for EAP-based WiFi networks as well as additional reporting fields via the API and Admin console. These additional fields include Serial number, IMEI, MEID, WiFi MAC address, baseband version, kernel version, build number, mobile operator/carrier, language settings, and account ownership/management.
source: Google Enterprise
Google has been on a buying spree as of late, and today’s purchase includes a startup called Divide, formerly known as Enterproid. Divide was backed by Google Ventures group and it focuses on Android in the enterprise by separating corporate information from personal information on devices. Sounds a lot like Samsung’s Knox doesn’t it?
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s expected that the Divide team will join the Android team. It’s no secret that big companies have been backing Apple’s iOS and ignoring Google’s Android, so it’s likely that we will see changes to stock Android that will hopefully make corporate IT departments a little more receptive to our favorite little bugdroid.
Amazon’s Android app was updated recently in order to promote a new image and introduce a single sign-on feature across all Amazon apps.
The application now has a brand new icon, clearly promoting the online shopping aspect of the company.
The single sign-on feature will work across Amazon’s Android applications — when you sign into the Amazon app, you’ll automatically be signed into other Amazon apps, including Kindle and the Amazon Appstore.
Support for devices under Android 2.3 was dropped as well, and some bug fixes were added to the update. Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.
Samsung Knox is a complete security solution designed to make Samsung devices more stable and secure. It is a suite of applications that include anti virus and malware software as well as software that is designed for absolute privacy while using your device. Today, Knox was updated to 2.0, adding split billing, a dedicated app store, and a couple other tweaks.
The Galaxy S5′s fingerprint scanner isn’t only useful for its users to unlock the device — many app developers have taken advantage of the technology as well, the latest being LastPass.
The popular password storage system has added biometric security in its latest update for the Galaxy S5, leveraging the device’s fingerprint scanning abilities.
Now, users can swipe their finger on the screen for a faster and more secure way to log into accounts (instead of using the master password each time).
The update is available through LastPass’ Premium Service and is available for download now. Hit the break for the Play Store download link.
Like with any other valuable object, smartphones are often the target of thieves. Many lawmakers and even carriers and device manufacturers have questioned how to implement features on devices that would cut down on theft, but until now there hasn’t been much of a united stance in making that happen.
Security is something very important these days. And Google is taking the extra step to give the massive amount of Android users it has safe. Android already has the ‘Verify apps’ feature. What this does is scans applications from outside sources and not from Google Play. But now, Google will make the ‘Verify apps’ feature continually scan your device for applications that are rather suspicious.
Chances are you will not ever be affected by a suspicious application, though. Google says “that fewer than 0.18% of installs in the last year occurred after someone received a warning that the app was potentially harmful.” So if you are downloading applications from somewhere other than the Play Store, just proceed with caution.
Source: Android Official Blog
LastPass, a fantastic password manager, has updated their Android application to create a much better experience across the Android OS. The new app will now autofill passwords in on your mobile applications, as well as the mobile Chrome browser. Autofilling passwords are already handled by Chrome, but if you use LastPass, you already know that it’s a slightly more secure, easier to manage option.
The biggest advantage now is the autofill option in applications. As long as you’re on Android 4.1 and up, whenever you open an app that has a username and password field, a pop up will appear that will let LastPass fill in your information. Since very few apps offer the ability to save passwords, this will definitely save you a lot of typing.
Mozilla’s “Firefox Accounts,” introduced earlier this year, was created to help sync all data used between the Firefox browsers on your computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. This information includes passwords, browsing history, bookmarks, settings, open tabs, etc.
Now, support for Firefox Accounts has come to its Android beta app. You’ll be able to turn on the feature by tapping on the message that will appear when you open up a new tab while using the updated app for the first time.
Hit the break below for the full changelog as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.
President Obama, it may be time to put down your beloved BlackBerry. Both the White House’s internal technology team and the White House Communications Agency have started testing smartphones from Samsung and LG. Also, the United States Department of Defense is also testing other devices. A Samsung spokesman would not confirm any of this; however, they did say the company is interested in the government sector. LG decided to just deflect any knowledge of the situation.