Google Bringing more BYOD Management Features to Android, for the Enterprise Customers

June 27, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

BYOD or Bring Your Own Device is becoming very popular with employers. It’s also much cheaper for employers. This new BYOD trend appeals to companies that are wanting their employees to be productive on the go, with devices they enjoy using. For the admins out there, your role in a BYOD environment is to make sure that users keep their devices secure.

There is already comprehensive mobile device management included in Google Apps for Business, Government and Education. Both large and small organizations can manage smartphones and tablets – including Android and iOS – right from the Google Apps Admin Console, without any special hardware or software. On Thursday, Google Enterprise is bringing new Android device management features to their customers. Here are some of the new features being added today, based on top requests from customers:

  1. Selective wipe – Remove Google Apps account data without wiping a user’s entire device.

  2. SD card wipe – During a full device wipe, wipe SD cards in addition to the internal memory.

  3. Device Policy app – Ensure that security policies are enforced across all devices by requiring the latest version of the Device Policy app.

  4. Wi-Fi configuration – Enter wi-fi settings in the Admin console once — and they’ll be automatically pushed out to all managed Android devices.

Now, Android users will be able to stay connected on the go with great mobile apps from Google including Google Drive, Hangouts, Gmail and much more. Admins can also manage their domain with the new mobile Admin app. Admins can also let employees bring their own devices to work while keeping those devices secure and saving their employees time with Google Apps device management.

Google’s bringing some really nice features for those that support BYOD in their workplace. And it’s definitely something that’s needed in today’s work environment. How many of you have a BYOD program at your place of employment? Let us know in the comments down below.