Its no secret that Google wants Android to have more footing in the enterprise space. The company recently announced that the upcoming iteration of its mobile platform, Android L, will feature advanced security courtesy of Samsung Knox. It needs to nail security to win trust of enterprise customers and beyond that it needs to offer features that they can really bank on. A new report published today says that Google was in talks with HP to try and push Google Now in the enterprise space.
This report comes from The Information which says that both companies have been in talks over the past year and that recently the process fell through. Google is believed to be the one behind the talks not progressing because it was “noncommittal” on the deal.
The deal would have involved pushing Google Now in enterprise. In theory employees would be able to use the feature to find information relevant to their work, for example they could look up inventory levels or financial data by simply asking Google Now.
Moreover it is also reported that back when Andy Rubin was still heading Android, HP wanted to partner up with Google on a Nexus device for enterprises. Apparently Rubin was not interested in the idea since HP wanted to add advanced features like hardware encryption which would have drove the costs up and thus contradicted Google’s vision with the Nexus program.
While there’s no word as yet if Google is involved in similar talks with some other country but it won’t come as a surprise if it is. Seeing as how Apple and IBM recently teamed up to push their products on businesses, Google would want to do something along the same lines.