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Google Reportedly Focusing on Enterprise Apps, Better Encryption and Other ‘Business’ Features in Next Android Release

March 25, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Today might be all about the HTC One M8, but that doesn’t stop rumors about the next version of Android. We’re hearing today that in the next major version of Android – specifically the “L” release – Google is working on more business friendly features like data encryption and Enterprise Apps. According to sources cited by The Information, Sundar Pichai and his team are also working on some API’s for the new version of Android. Basically what it looks like is that Google wants to get all those Blackberry users that won’t or can’t leave Blackberry because of how secure it is for business phones.

This new initiative is said to really boost the security of Android, including storing data directly on chips, and making the data more secure. Which this can be a good thing for more than just business users, but casual users too. As I’m sure it’ll also help keep those viruses and malware out that I keep hearing about – I’ve never had a virus on any Android phone. The new APIs are said to allow you to remotely access your device and do things like wipe it or access data from it. Sort of like remote desktop for your Mac or PC, but for Android. Which would actually be pretty cool, but I think it’d be better on a tablet than a smartphone.

Finally, there is said to be a separate approval processor enterprise apps so that we have secure apps for enterprise users. It’ll be a bit more tough to get an enterprise app into the Play Store than a regular app. Which is to be sure there’s no malware in there or anything. Which is something I’ve wanted Google to do for quite some time now.

This is all expected to be part of the next version of Android which we are expecting to see at Google I/O in June, and should be named after something with the letter L, as this is the “L” release. It’ll be interesting to see what else Google has up their sleeve for this next version of Android.