Google has been including features for business users for some time now, from Exchange support in Eclair to Google Calendar sync with Exchange, but Verizon is looking to take it even farther. Enter Good, which is a old-school company that offers "mobile security and control" for enterprise customers. The pair have teamed up to bring "Good for Enterprise - Android" to pretty much every Android phone on Verizon (the only phone not mentioned seems to be the Motorola Devour). The suite has two main components: 

  • Good Mobile Control: Security and device management features like remote wipe and data encryption
  • Good Mobile Messaging: e-mail, calendar, and contacts syncing 

This is a further sign that businesses are increasingly looking to move away from platforms like BlackBerry as Android becomes more present in the marketplace. We saw the same thing happen a couple years ago when the iPhone became a success, and now it is Android's turn at bat. Interested business users should check out Verizon's business page; everyone else can read the full press release after the break. 

09/16/2010

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon and Good Technology are making the popular lineup of Android devices enterprise-ready. The companies announced today Good for Enterprise – Android, a solution for smartphones running on the Android™ OS that provides business-grade security and full device management features to large customers.

Good for Enterprise – Android lets business customers harness the power of Android on the nation’s most reliable wireless network and provide corporate information technology security and control over devices throughout their workforces. CIOs and IT managers can deploy Android smartphones, such as DROID™ 2 by Motorola, DROID by Motorola, DROID X by Motorola, DROID Incredible by HTC, DROID ERIS™ by HTC, the LG Ally™, and the Samsung Fascinate™, throughout their organizations to extend Android’s powerful mobile communications capabilities to their workforces.

“The Good for Enterprise – Android solution gives our customers more choices when it comes to equipping their workforces with the wireless devices needed to keep business operating at full speed,” said Mark Bartolomeo, vice president – global enterprise marketing for Verizon. “Customers in health care and financial services will find the solution especially suited to their businesses because of the security features integrated into the solution.”

The Good for Enterprise – Android solution is based on two key components:

Good Mobile Control provides comprehensive mobile security and device management with over-the-air and on-device encryption of enterprise data, remote application password policies, and remote wipe of enterprise data across the entire mobile deployment.
Good Mobile Messaging delivers enterprise-class mobile e-mail and personal information management (PIM), including Calendar and Contacts.
“Good is excited to partner with Verizon to bring Good for Enterprise – Android to Verizon enterprise customers,” said John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate strategy for Good Technology. “The combination of Verizon’s network, powerful Android devices from leading manufacturers, and Good’s enterprise-class solution for messaging and collaboration delivers the exceptional experience that users demand and the end-to-end management, security and control that enterprises require.”

Verizon offers wireless and wireline products and services that provide enterprise and government customers in a variety of industries with the networking capabilities they require to keep their organizations running at top speeds today and in the future. For more information about Verizon products and services for business, visit www.verizonwireless.com/business.

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, serving more than 92 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

About Good
Good Technology is mobile security and control that allows organizations to connect and collaborate on their devices of choice. Good opens new possibilities for enterprises, government agencies, and consumers to maximize personal and business productivity by providing secure and easy-to-use instant mobile access to data, applications and services on hundreds of mobile devices. For more information, visit the Good web site at www.good.com.

 
There are 17 comments

bmtbandit says:

Now all they need is a Global Phone for Business use. That's the only thing holding me back from making the jump.

uofmrules says:

They have one, its just not out yet....Droid 2 will be a dual device

bmtbandit says:

Hence they dont have one. If its not available it doesn't count. Thats what I am waiting for,

technomom says:

Does this include support for CISCO IPSec VPN and Lotus Notes based email? If not, it's a non-starter for some 300,000 IBM employees.

Yes Good supports Lotus Domino

apinkel says:

Unfortunately this service means you have to move to the $45/mo unlimited enterprise data plan instead of the standard $30 unlimited smartphone data plan.

I'm moving to sprint... they aren't so out of control with their pricing and their coverage is almost as good.

Blah says:

There is no BES server involved, so no $45/mo plan will be required.

Actually Good's architecture is almost identical to BES, in that our server is installed behind the corporate firewall and communicates to the Good NOC. Therefore the 45/mo plan is required. IMHO doesnt make sense considering NOC based communication is compressed and actually consumes less data than if one were to use a activesync.

Menno says:

And while sprint's coverage is a lot better than people give it credit for, their coverage, specifically for data, isn't close (they do have some roaming agreements, but they have a pretty low cap on roaming data)

It could work great for you, I'm not trying to bash them. I'm just saying that you want to look carefully at their coverage (and test it extensively through that 30 day window). A lot of their best features (anymobile anytime, data, etc) don't work, or at least work well, by roaming.

If you've got decent sprint coverage where you need it, then you can save a bundle, but if not, you won't save that much, if anything.

apinkel says:

I'm currently on sprint, my brother is on verizon... sprints coverage is very good, but yes verizon's coverage is better. However sprint does have a (non 3G) roaming agreement with verizon.

Both carriers are far better then the GSM carriers, at least here in the midwest. The GSM carriers have ignored us for years, their coverage is not good.

I was all set to switch to verizon (due to their phone selection) when our company moved to Good. Now it's just too expensive for my budget.

bscherka says:

I've had Good on my original Droid for a couple months now, and I only have the $30/mo standard data plan, not the business plan. When installing, Good will warn you that sync won't be available, but from my experience (and those of my co-workers), all we Verizon (Droid and Droid X)users seem to be missing compared to our T-mobile (N1) co-workers is push email/instant syncing. Instead, you get batch-mode syncing (which seems to happen about every ten minutes), much like you get with your gmail and google contacts. It also appears that this batch-mode syncing uses a lot less battery than continuous mode, as the N1 folks have reported a noticeable impact on battery life when in "connected" mode vs "work offline", and I can't tell one way or the other.

eguts says:

I've been using Good on my DINC for almost six months now for my work email. I've been paying the $45/month enterprise rate. Are you saying that I could be paying the standard $30/month and still get the same functionality? Just a ten min deley on email? Is there a way to force a sync in between batches?

Blah says:

As far as I'm aware, the $45 plan is only for necessary for Blackberry and BES.

A number of people at work connect to Exchange over VPN 24/7 and use Touchdown. They all have the $30/month plan.

Gimik says:

I love this app. It's the only reason my company has started allowing androids and iphones (ipad too as well, I believe). I was able to drop my blackberry and pick up an evo.

As far as I can tell, even on sprint, I get push email. If it's not push, I can't tell the difference.

c3PreO says:

I think Verizon and Google are jumping the gun a bit.

I beg to differ. Currently I use both platforms. I own a Blackberry Tour 9630 and I have a Samsung Epic G4.

In my opinion, the Epic G4 is NOT READY for mission critical use due to its poor battery performance. I rely on my Blackberry for my reliable source of communication.

Both of my devices mirror each other in terms of receiving email. They both take turns chirping when email or mms messages come in. Its intresting to see which one gets the message first each time. I haven't been able to figure out why, but thats not important.

I forgot to mention that I owned the Sprint HTC Evo for its 30 day trial period before I returned it due to its poor battery performance (plus I knew about the Epic's slide out keyboard and prefer it over the HTC Evo setup - but I have to admit I'm liking the Swype keyboard on my Epic as well). My wife has the Sprint HTC Hero which suffers from poor battery performance as well.

Perhaps with the Verizon/Google push for Android to be more business centric, third party manufactured besides Seidio will produce heftier batteries for these Android phones. Seidio is developing a 3200 mAh battery gor the Samsung Epic 4G.

In a related note, I was in a Spint corporate store yesterday and a Sprint rep told me that Samsung is also developing a OEM 3200 mAh battery. That would be great because it would conform to the overall design of the device. Seidio batteries look like wort on the device.

It's also my opinion that MOST if not ALL Android devices suffer from poor battery performance - Motorola, LG et all.

My Blackberry will run for 2-3 days. I use my Epic more for play. I don't know I think all Android devices have to have battery life as good as Blackberries befor they can be considered serious business critical communication devices.

Menno says:

The reason your blackberry lasts so long is because it compresses data (so smaller push files) and because it doesn't have as many things running in the background to get you information (weather updates, news feeds, etc)\

My dad has a completely stock droid and gets 2 days of usage out of it. I have mine optimized for battery, and can still only eek a day because I have so many useful things pulling data.

The age of "2-3 day battery life" devices is coming to an end, at least out of the box.

MBSMD says:

We use Good at work. I was unable to make it work on Verizon without the enterprise data plan, but AT&T and Sprint users seem to be able to get away with the standard data plans.

Good for Android uses a push system that works quite well. The iPhone version sends a "push notification" of how many emails you have waiting, but the app doesn't actually download the email until its opened. Limits of the iPhone's OS...

But this app has allowed me to dump the Blackberry, so for that I'm quite happy.