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Google boosts Android for work with Find My iPhone-like tool

updated 12:45 pm EDT, Sat April 9, 2011

Android gets Find My iPhone-like enterprise tools

Google late this week took a cue from Apple to bolster Android in the workplace. A combination of a new version of the Google Apps Device Policy app (Market) and a new My Devices page lets workers control a lost or stolen phone similar to Find My iPhone. They can track the device's location, reset the PIN code, ring it to help others find it, or lock it entirely.

Other improvements to Android in the enterprise came at the same time. A new policy lets administrators require that any Android 3.0 tablet on the network use encrypted data. It should now be easier to find corporate users on a Google Apps account as well, with a new Google Apps Lookup app (Market) letting users search by text or voice for fellow employees, not just a phone's individual contacts.

The gestures help close a gap with Apple in the enterprise and help create a potential lure for BlackBerry users. Android has been making some inroads into the workplace, but its security measures and overall corporate support have typically lagged behind. Android 2.2 was usually credited as the first to be suitable enough to use at work and is necessary just to use the new Device Policy app.






by MacNN Staff

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  1. facebook_Pete

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    Joined: Apr 2011

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    Copycats...brings back memories of MS.. oh wait th

    Google has become like microsoft in so many ways they fire up the copy machines to copy technology from Apple. It seems these days the only true companies that define " Innovative" is Apple and Dyson.

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Apple and Dyson

    How can you compare the two?

    Dyson's products suck because that's what they're supposed to do.
    Apple's products just suck.

    The closed system will fail.

    - Sent from my Android device.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    RE: Apple and Dyson

    "The closed system will fail."

    ------------------

    Yeah...100 million phones sold in 4 years is failure.

    (OBTW, each day Android sounds more & more like a closed system.)

    /

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Sick of Google

    I'm sick and tired of Google and their antics. I truly wish there were a viable alternative to their search so I don't have to deal with them anymore. As things are, I don't even like replying to emails that originate from a gmail account.

  1. facebook_Jimi

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    Never innovating always imitating

    Manufacturers are always trying to catch up to the iPhone but they will never surpass them as long as they aren't trying to innovate. And yes if I'm not mistaken wasn't the android os recently closed? That's a smack to the face of the people that developed it for sure. And of course there are tons more android devices,but there is only one iPhone,sure I'm a fan boy but it just works!

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