Essential Guide

Android device management: Everything you need to know in one guide

Introduction

Most mobile devices out there in "user land" run some version of Google's Android operating system. But that doesn't mean the OS is perfect for the enterprise.

When it first came out, the Android operating system was without very many enterprise features and the devices were geared towards consumers. In recent iterations of the OS, however, Google has added some better Android device management capabilities. Despite the move toward a happy friendship between the enterprise and Android, application malware and security concerns persist.

But allowing Androids in your company isn't necessarily out of the question. Take a look at the issues you could run into and check out the OS-native and third-party ways you can guard against those problems.

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Android device management tips

Android is the most popular mobile OS out there, but that doesn't make it any easier for IT to manage and secure. In fact, Google's open source approach and the diverse collection of devices that run on Android complicate IT's strategy toward the OS. However, Google has shifted its attention toward the enterprise in recent years, so organizations have plenty of options to control Android devices for safe and productive use in the workplace.

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Awesome Android business apps

Users may not know that their Android tablets are invaluable productivity tools. Business apps for editing, mobile printing and remote access help users get more done, especially from outside office walls. Continue Reading

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Android MAM solves only some security problems

Mobile application management for Android lets you control app distribution, regulate app use, build an app store, blacklist apps and more. But you'll need device access controls to lock down devices running blacklisted apps or prevent devices from accessing the corporate network. Continue Reading

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Android device management features: Good, not great

New versions of Android's OS have encryption and remote-wipe improvements, which is good. But users need to install third-party apps so they can use Android's management APIs and other common management features. Continue Reading

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Apps and OS features for tablet security

Security features built into Android tablets -- screen locks, Find My Mobile and encryption -- are steps in the right direction. But you'll need third-party apps to really lock down devices. Continue Reading

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Google Bouncer: More app security, but not enough

The antimalware tool Bouncer scans Google Play for malware like a doorman does for fake IDs. But sometimes the fakes look like the real thing and make it into the app store. Bouncer only adds a layer of security. It isn't the be-all of Android app security. Continue Reading

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IT's Android security issues

The knocks against Android are that there aren't centralized Android device management options and the apps are loaded with malware. But before you board up your windows to fend off the Android apocalypse, know that new versions of the OS improve these security issues. Continue Reading

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Android users need malware protection

Not every app users download from Google Play is secure: Users need Android malware protection. It doesn't matter which third-party malware protection application they download, as long as they download one. Continue Reading

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Android remote control apps are not toys

When you see "remote control" you might think of cars or TVs, but that's not what you'll get with Android remote control apps. You'll get remote management, network analysis, port scanning, remote access and PDF viewing capabilities -- which are almost as cool as an RC car or flat-panel display. Continue Reading

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Android 5.0 device management features

In Android 5.0 Lollipop, you get a smattering of tasty enterprise features -- for example, stronger encryption and Security-Enhanced Linux. The cherry on top is the new Android for Work program, which secures data through containerization. Continue Reading

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