SAP and Samsung are to team up to secure the Google Android operating system to help make devices running the platform more appealing to businesses concerned about security risk, according to reports.
Bloomberg cited sources at the two companies who said the partnership would focus on making Android devices suitable for enterprise use by developing email encryption and device management systems.
Samsung confirmed to V3 it would be making a joint announcement with SAP next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona but would not be drawn on any details.
SAP has not partnered with Google before in the mobile market, but has previously launched business applications for both Research In Motion (RIM) and Apple handsets.
For this reason, Quocicra analyst Clive Longbottom said the partnership comes as little surprise.
"SAP has had long-running agreement with RIM since 2004 to make sure all the apps running on Blackberry are secure, and SAP has launched all its business apps on the iPhone, so it is not surprising that SAP apps will now run in the Android environment," he told V3.
"The biggest part of this announcement is that it will mean businesses can automatically roll out SAP apps on Android using the Sybase Afaria technology that SAP owns, and will not have to look in the Android store for the products they need."
Longbottom added that by using the Afaria systems management tool, SAP will allow customers to manage devices remotely. This will come in handy when businesses need to wipe devices when they are lost or stolen.
"Large organisations are worried about the growing trend of bring-your-own devices as they feel like they lack control, so if SAP can provide that control then the more power to their elbow."
SAP and Google could not be reached for comment.
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