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Grow Your Business Technology

Android for Work Turns Devices Into Productivity Tools

Android for Work Turns Devices Into Productivity Tools
Credit: Google

Does your business run on Android? Google's new software platform can now help you manage your company's Android devices, apps and other data from a single dashboard.

Launched this week, Android for Work turns smartphones and tablets running on Android 5.0 Lollipop into business-ready productivity tools. In addition to offering built-in business apps, Android for Work comes with a bevy of IT capabilities. It lets you use the same device for work and play, easily deploy apps across your organization, keep your devices and data secure, and more.

Here's what Android for Work has to offer and how it can help your business. [10 Best Android Apps for Business]

Work profiles

Use the same device for work and play. Work profiles separate your work data from your personal stuff, so you can keep using the same device without worrying about mixing the two environments or compromising security. This sandboxing feature isolates and protects work apps and files using Android 5.0 Lollipop's default encryption technology, enhanced SELinux security and multi-user support.

Google Play for Work

Use Google Play for Work to securely distribute and manage apps in your organization from a central hub. Users must be running Android for Work to deploy apps from Google Play for Work.

Productivity tools

Stay productive with Android for Work's built-in business tools. These include apps for email, contacts and calendar. These apps also offer support for document, spreadsheet and presentation editing, as well as Exchange and Notes files.

Android for Work app

If your Android device doesn't currently run on Lollipop, Android for Work can still work for you using the Android for Work app. The app is supported by devices running any version of Android, from Ice Cream Sandwich to Kitkat. Get the app at the Google Play Store.

IT Management

Additionally, Android has partnered with several vendors to make Android for Work a one-stop-shop for IT management:

  • Enterprise mobility management (EMM) partners like SAP, Citrix, SOTI, MaaS 360 and BlackBerry make it simple to manage devices from your dashboard.
  • App vendors like Salesforce, Adobe and Box let you create and securely deploy their apps that are specifically configured for your IT environment right from Google Play.
  • Networking systems such as CISCO, f5, Pulse Secure and Palo Alto make it possible to securely connect your Android for Work devices to your network via VPN and network apps.
  • Samsung, Sony, LG, Lenovo, HTC, Motorola and other manufacturers make business-friendly devices that have everything you need to deploy Android for Work and make it work for you.
Sara Angeles
Sara Angeles

Sara is a tech writer with a background in business and marketing. After graduating from UC Irvine, she worked as a copywriter and blogger for nonprofit organizations, tech labs and lifestyle companies. She started freelancing in 2009 and joined Business News Daily in 2013. Follow Sara Angeles on Twitter @sara_angeles.