Google has just announced some new updates for Android to make the operating system more prominent in the corporate environment. First up we have a new Device Policy app that allows employees to locate lost or stolen devices on a map, ring it in case it’s in the office, rest the device PIN or even wipe the device remotely via the new My Devices website. While this really helps private and confidential data from leaking out in the event of a stolen/misplaced phone it would be better if employees didn’t lose their phones in the first place. The second feature is the ability for users to encrypt all the data on their Honeycomb tablets. Lastly, the inclusion of Google Apps Lookup that makes it easy to find and contact people in your organization – something that a regular phone book can probably do if you had all the contacts yourself, but for someone new to a company this would prove to be an invaluable feature. Can we say “move aside BlackBerry” yet? Only time will tell.
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