Android finally gets crucial Google apps management

IT admins will be able to manage password settings and remotely wipe Android 2.2 handsets from any Web browser.

Android phones will soon become a lot more suitable for business, as important control features come to Google Apps.

Administrators will be able to remotely wipe lost or stolen phones, lock idle devices, require passwords, and force passwords to have a minimum length or a combination of letters and numbers, Google announced.

And for outgoing employees, administrators can remotely strip away all corporate data, allowing people to keep their phones after they leave the company.

The features, coming in a few days, will only be available on phones running the Android 2.2 OS or higher, and for businesses using Google Apps Premier or Education Edition. To access the features, you'll go to the "Mobile" tab under "Service Settings" in the Google Apps control panel.

Google already added these features for iPhone, Windows Mobile, and Nokia E Series phones last February. The omission of Android seemed odd, but there must be a reason it wasn't available in versions earlier than Android 2.2. Froyo launched in late June and is still rolling out to some phones, including Samsung's Galaxy S.

The new features may sway fence-sitting businesses to go Android, giving Google a boost against Research in Motion's BlackBerry and Apple's iPhone. And for businesses that already use Android, the new features could convince them to try Google Apps, which at $50 per user per year is a cut-rate alternative to Microsoft Exchange.

To see how that might work, check out the results of Larry Selzer's Google Apps experiment for Infoworld.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags telecommunicationapplicationsGoogleproductivitysoftwareMobile operating systemsmobile

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jared Newman

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?