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Does Lollipop Sweeten the Prospects for Android in Enterprise Mobility? Android 5.0 Management Overview

Published: 23 February 2015

ID: G00271759

Analyst(s): Rob Smith, Ken Dulaney, Chris Silva

Summary

Demand for Android is often at odds with enterprise mobile strategists' need for consistent policy enforcement. Android 5.0, Lollipop, brings new enterprise app and data management capabilities to the OS, but device availability and support for the OS in EMM tools must be assured prior to adoption.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

  • Management Challenges to Android in the Enterprise
  • Improvements Ahead for New Android and Some Legacy Devices

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Android 5.0 contains a new architecture and features to support enterprise mobile strategists, management and security controls, chiefly allowing segmentation of application data and configurations between consumer and enterprise roles
  • For Android 4.x users unable to upgrade, Google will supply a workspace application containing managed PIM functions for enterprise mobile strategists that uses the same management interface, allowing for expanded use of Android 5.0 policies and data segmentation
  • Android's multistep update and OS patch process remains an inhibitor to wider enterprise deployment by enterprise mobile strategists because consistency in the OS is dependent on carrier, device hardware OEM and EMM suites to support timelines and processes

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