Gartner Research

Android 4 Architecture, Security and Management Capabilities

Published: 17 July 2013

ID: G00250224

Analyst(s): Eric Siegel


This assessment examines the hardware and software architecture of Android version 4 and its security and management ecosystem.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Android Ecosystem and Updates
    • Standards
    • Hardware
    • Android OS
    • Android OS Updating
    • App Stores and Sideloading
    • External Servers
  • Basic Android Hardware
  • Bootloading and Rooting
  • Basic Android OS Ecosystem
    • Application and Data Security
    • Communication
    • Malware Detection
  • Secure Android
    • Secure Hardware
    • Secure Bootloading
    • Secure Operation
  • Android Policy Management
    • Direct User Configuration
    • Device Administration APIs
    • Containers
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

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