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10 tips for turning Android into a business phone

Android's pedigree in the business world is a short one: Here's how to make it work in the corporate world

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Android has shot past BlackBerry to become the third most popular smartphone operating system in the world behind Symbian and the iPhone, according to StatCounter. In the US, however, the Android is now number one, according to recent reports by comScore and Neilsen. Android is trending upward for pretty much every demographic group studied. So, even if your organization doesn't officially support Android, don't be surprised if your company's employees are finding workarounds and shortcuts to make their business data and apps available on their handset of choice. That said, Android’s pedigree as a business-class phone is a short one. Android still has some work to do to match the control and power of BlackBerry Enterprise Server, but it's not as much work as you may think. Here are 10 tips for turning the Android into a rock-solid business-class phone.


Lock those screens

In the enterprise, business-class phones must have numerous security features. Some are complex. Some are ridiculously easy. Let's start with the easy stuff. Most people unlock their screen simply by dragging a finger downward. That is the default. It doesn't have to be. Within "Settings" under "Security", you can set a more complex pattern for unlocking your screen or set a password PIN.

  • Lock those screens
  • Get Mobile Antivirus
  • Get multifactor authentication
  • Use Google Apps to manage Android security policies
  • Adopt Mobile Device Management (MDM)
  • Determine the earliest version you'll support
  • Integrate and secure email.
  • Plug the PIM holes
  • Deploy mobile virtualisation
  • Optimise input
  • Final thoughts



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