What's new in Android Enterprise: The Art of Control

21 October 2021

The Art of Control

Android Enterprise has made big investments to help businesses manage mobility on their terms, with strong, built-in and proactive security that is proven at scale; a spectrum of capabilities for every business; and effortless, consistent and cost-effective management. Today, we’re sharing a number of new features and updates to help you successfully balance your needs and achieve your mobility goals with Android Enterprise.

Expanded support for Zero Trust

As more mobile workers access data from remote devices outside of traditional security perimeters, companies are increasingly pursuing a Zero Trust security model. 

We’re now supercharging the role of identity providers in Zero Trust environments on Android to move beyond WebView for authentication and embrace Custom Tabs, which we believe is the best way for developers to integrate authentication into their apps.

While WebView is a flexible and powerful component for rendering web content, Custom Tabs are more modern and full-featured, allowing identity providers to gather device trust signals, improve employee security and enable single-sign-on across apps and the web. We’re partnering with ForgeRock, Microsoft, Okta, and Ping Identity to move the industry towards modernizing authentication.

Effortless management with Android Management API

For companies who use Android Enterprise with an Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, we’re making management even more powerful, secure and user friendly with Android Management API. Built by the Android team at Google, this cloud-based API ensures customers receive the fastest delivery of all of our enterprise features, with best practices and Android Enterprise Recommended requirements set by default. And with the newly launched Android Management API Extensibility framework, EMMs can adjust Android Management API capabilities on the fly using on-device signals to trigger immediate policy changes and solve for unique and evolving business needs.

With this update, we’re publicly recommending Android Management API to customers and partners as our preferred method of management. More than 60 EMMs — including Microsoft, Citrix, and Google Workspace — have already launched solutions based on Android Management API with many more coming soon.

For our customers with fewer management requirements and IT resources, we launched Android Enterprise Essentials earlier this year to help provide automatic security. 

Separation for work and private life

We are continuning to enhance decive functionality so that even those with unmanaged devices can better seperate their work and private life. Starting next year, the Android work profile will become available to unmanaged Google Workspace users.

This will eventually allow anyone using Android for business purposes to separate work and personal apps in one interface and pause all work-related apps in one click.

This will be available to Google Workspace users first starting next year, with plans to expand to more identity providers soon after.

 

Click here to learn more about Android's Art of Control event.

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