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Google Releases “Work Chrome” into the Play Store

January 21, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Google has been working hard on Android for Work. The idea behind it is to allow enterprise users to use apps they are familiar with, at work, and on their work devices. While their work devices are still secure. And that’s gotta be much better than using a Blackberry, right? We’ve seen a number of other apps already hit the Play Store, and now we’ve got Work Chrome. Which will likely get a better name later on, or maybe all the apps will be “Work <insert app name here>”. With Android Work, work data will remain secure and IT admins are able to use restrictions and controls for what can be done with the data. While personal data will remain separate and accessible whenever you want to use it. An IT admin at your job can deploy and administer the apps in bulk, including internal apps, through the Play Store. Which is a great alternative to just sideloading them.

Today, Work Chrome launched in the Play Store. And we can’t really find any differences between this and the regular Chrome in the Play Store. But we’re guessing it’s there to keep work data separate and secure from your personal data. Also to allow IT admins to deploy it on devices and such. It’ll likely be more secure than the Google Chrome that we all use everyday, and catered more for the Enterprise and BYOD users. We should find out more soon though. So we’ll keep our eyes out for that.

Additionally, we’ll likely see even more Android Work apps hitting the Play Store. Like Gmail, Calendar and many others. I wonder if we’ll see Google Play Music for Work land as well? That’d be interesting to see. How many of you are excited for the Android Work suite of apps? Let us know in the comments down below.