News by Dan Seifert on Monday April 11, 2011.
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Google has expanded Android's enterprise abilities with three new functions available to Google Apps for Business and Google Apps for Education customers. Added to the platform are the abilities to locate a lost device, encrypt data on devices in the field, and look up contacts in the Google Apps directory from an Android phone or tablet.
Administrators can now locate a lost phone or tablet that runs Android 2.2 Froyo or higher and ring the phone or reset the PIN and password remotely via the new My Devices website. They also have an option to encrypt data on the devices with the flip of a switch. Finally, the Google Apps Lookup app for Android allows users to browse the contacts in their organization right from their phone and initiate a call or message, or just view the details of the contact.
These new functions of Android and Google Apps strengthen Google's position against corporate stalwarts like RIM's BlackBerry platform and Microsoft's Exchange. Google intends to further expand these features to appeal to even more corporate customers. [via Google Enterprise Blog]
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