Google initiated its Android For Work program in order to provide a means for enterprises to let their employees conveniently and safely utilized their Android run mobile devices for both work and personal uses. Android For Work is also designed to grant a business’ IT the capability of managing work apps, which are isolated from the rest of the apps working on the mobile device. At the same time, employees can still save their own private information on their mobile device, which in turn remains unaccessible by IT.
Upon launching the Android For Work program earlier this year, Google already managed to bring in a diverse range of partners who will work with the tech giant in making Android For Work more ready for public consumption. And now, Google is expanding the program by adding a new phone maker partner, and for the first time ever, including wireless carriers in its list of partners.
These new wireless carrier partners, which will now provide support for Android For Work to their respective business clients (and promote and sell the program at the same time), include familiar names such as Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, as well as other mobile service providers like Rogers, Bell Canada, Telus Mobility, and KT.
Moreover, Google has also decided to include Silent Circle, the company responsible for producing the security- and privacy-focused Blackphone, to its current roster of partners. To date, the list of phone maker partners for the Android For Work program already includes Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola, Sony, ZTE, Lenovo, and Huawei, among many others.
As explained by Bill Conner, president and chief executive officer of Silent Circle, joining the Android For Work program represents a significant step for the company, especially with regards to bringing its security- and privacy-focused Blackphone device not only to casual mobile users but also to business customers as well.
According to Google, over 10,000 enterprises are currently either testing, rolling out, or already utilizing Android For Work. These include business entities such as World Bank, the United States Army, and Guardian Life Insurance Company, just to cite a few examples.
Google officially launched the Android For Work program back in February early this year during a small press event held in the city of San Francisco in California. The tech giant had first introduced a preview of the new program during its I/O developer conference held the previous summer in 2014. Rajen Seth, director of product management for Android For Work, had explained then that the project is expected to be one that is remarkably complex, involving not only the creation of a new platform but also bringing in the necessary technology and business partners to try out and eventually launch the program into the market. By adding a new phone maker partner and 8 new wireless carrier partners, Google is getting closer to realizing that.
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