Android for Work incorporates Samsung's Knox security to keep data secure

Google is making Android more secure for enterprises by providing data separation and security through a new program announced at Google I/O 2014 called Android for Work. With the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement, today many work phones contain personal content and personal phones are used for work purposes. With Android for Work, Google is adding a layer of security to make phones more secure for sensitive environments.

With the Android L release, Google is introducing new APIs to unify work and personal so that corporate apps can live on personal devices and content can remain secure. Businesses can now deploy apps to users in bulk. This will be natively supported in Android L, but Google promises that it will introduce an update later so that any device running Android Ice Cream Sandwich or later can benefit.

With Android for Work, Google is rolling in parts of Samsung's Knox security suite for the enterprise so there is one protocol across all of Android. Device manufacturers like Sony, LG, Motorola, and HTC to name a few will all bring Android for Work to their phones. Google says that Samsung has contributed some of its work with Knox to Android for Work. What this means is that developers won't have to modify existing apps to make it enterprise-ready. It will also provide a secure container so business-sensitive data doesn't leak into personal usage of the mobile device.

Additionally, Google is also allowing native Office editing inside its Google Docs suite.

And with Google Drive for Work, Google is now offering unlimited storage for businesses at just $10 per user per month.