Android for Work was first announced at Google I/O 2014, and later launched officially in February 2015. The program allows workers to use personal smartphones for work tasks, and keep work and personal information separated. This easily allows for users to install work related apps without the worries of the data getting dispersed with the personal information that may be shared on the device.
There are a few different things that users can expect from the Android for Work initiative, which include:
- Work profiles – We've built on the default encryption, enhanced SELinux security enforcement and multi-user support in Android 5.0, Lollipop to create a dedicated work profile that isolates and protects work data. IT can deploy approved work apps right alongside their users' personal apps knowing their sensitive data remains secured. People can use their personal apps knowing their employer only manages work data and won't erase or view their personal content.
- Android for Work app – For devices running Ice Cream Sandwich through Kitkat, or that don't run work profiles natively, we've created the Android for Work app. The app, which delivers secure mail, calendar, contacts, documents, browsing and access to approved work apps, can be completely managed by IT.
- Google Play for Work – Google Play for Work allows businesses to securely deploy and manage apps across all users running Android for Work, simplifying the process of distributing apps to employees and ensuring that IT approves every deployed app.
- Built-in productivity tools – For everyday business tasks, we've created a suite of business apps for email, contacts and calendar, which supports both Exchange and Notes and provides document editing capabilities for documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
Google has teamed up with a number of partners like BlackBerry, Samsung, Citrix, Adobe and others to bring a set of APIs for IT admins to easily manage personal Android devices