July 24, 2014

Google Releases New Android Tools for Google Apps Admins

Google today announced on their Enterprise blog that they have added 3 more Android based tools for administrators of companies who make use of Google’s enterprise suite of web apps.  (please note this is not an update to google apps for Android itself).

The first tool will allow employees of Enterprise companies to locate a lost or stolen Android 2.2+ device by locating it on a map.  The tool even lets a user ring the device or reset the PIN or password remotely.  A very cool update for remote wipe if we say so ourselves.

The second tool allows administrators to encrypt data on Android devices remotely.  Give sys admins more control over information privacy.

Last but certainly not least, is Google Apps Lookup.  Check out what Google has given you enterprise users to play with:

A new corporate contacts app, Google Apps Lookup, makes it easier to find and contact people in your organization. Type (or speak) the name or email address of a coworker, and then tap to call, email, IM or send a text message. Lookup pulls information from the Google Apps directory, so admins need to enable “Shared Contacts” in the control panel before employees can use Lookup on their Android 2.1+ devices.

I like that Google continues to integrate Android into their web services, and for enterprise users. Hopefully they will continue this trend!