Google, on Thursday, announced its Android for Work program has expanded to include 40 partners, including wireless service providers. Among those joining the initiative are AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile; Canadian providers Rogers, Bell Canada, and Telus Mobility are getting involved, too.

Launched earlier this year, it is designed to provide security, device management, and other tools for smartphones. Samsung, for instance, brings its KNOX services to the table while Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 will offer enhanced privacy and security features.

Working collectively, the consortium can make it easier for IT managers to remotely work with devices. Additionally, the BYOD space is more consistent when everyone chips in.

According to Google, more than 10,000 businesses are testing, deploying, or using Android for Work. Notable names already include the World Bank, the U.S. Army, SAP, and Guardian Life Insurance Company.


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