Android has arguably been more of a consumer-friendly platform since its launch. Sure, it’s used by some corporations with bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives, and other firms like Samsung have worked to boost those efforts with platforms like Knox for added security. Now, however, Google is reportedly working on new enterprise features in-house. Android is about to walk out the door in a suit and tie – and it’s probably going to create yet another headache for BlackBerry – still well known for its enterprise security.
The Information said it recently learned that Google head Sundar Pichai is more focused than ever on building up Android’s security. New features being worked on include stronger data encryption, new device management APIs, and even support for additional authentication techniques that could enable the use of features such as a fingerprint reader. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is one device that may be able to take advantage of those functions, since it has that feature built right into the home button, but it opens the door for other OEMs to deliver on this front as well.
We don’t know when the new features will launch, though presumably they will be a part of the next version of Android. Google I/O kicks off in June, and that’s typically where we hear about new releases and what sort of features Google is working on. It’s also the perfect time for Google to discuss added security and new APIs, since developers will be there to learn how to take advantage of everything.