Google has added more business-centric features to its Android platform as the company looks to boost adoption of the operating system within enterprises.
Three key updates have been designed to enhance the security and connectivity of devices running the popular platform.
Version 2.0 of the Google Apps Device Policy app now allows employees to locate a lost or stolen device running Android 2.2 or above by logging into Google's My Devices site.
Users can also ring a device and reset the password remotely through this browser-based portal.
IT administrators, meanwhile, have an 'Encrypt Data on Device' option to increase the security of smartphones and tablets. This feature requires version 2.0 of the Google Apps Device Policy app.
Finally, Google has updated its corporate contact app, Google Apps Lookup, allowing users to find colleagues within their organisation by searching for names or email addresses.
This app also supports search via voice recognition and staff can tap to call, email, IM or send a text message once details have been located.
Lookup pulls information from the Google Apps directory, so administrators are first required to enable the 'Shared Contacts' option in the control panel. This feature is available for use on devices with Android 2.1 and beyond.
All apps are now available for Google Apps for Business and Google Apps for Education customers.
Android is expected to dominate the smartphone market by 2015, and there are currently 300,000 devices being activated on a daily basis, claimed Mayur Kamat, product manager for enterprise mobility, in the Google Enterprise Blog.
"Over the last year, for instance, we helped IT administrators manage Android straight from the browser, and we introduced features such as Priority Inbox view in Gmail for Android and the ability to edit Google Docs on the go," he wrote.
"And these improvements should help make Android users even more productive while keeping their information secure."
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