Enterprise mobility provider MobileIron has updated its Android support with tools that enable organisations to migrate to Android as a viable alternative to BlackBerry for mobilising their workforce.
Available now, the Q4 2013 release of MobileIron for Android adds support for secure email, collaboration and browsing, which the firm identifies as the three essential apps for mobile productivity.
The new support builds on the AppConnect capability that MobileIron introduced last year. This provided the ability to run applications inside their own secure container, protecting data using encryption. It also enabled applications to run across any Android device, regardless of platform version.
MobileIron's core platform is a mobile device management (MDM) suite that supports a number of operating systems including Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The firm said that Android is the largest and fastest growing segment in the industry, and with the apparent decline of BlackBerry, it expects enterprise customers to look to support Android as a replacement, especially if employees bring their own devices in via BYOD.
Ojas Rege, vice president of Strategy at MobileIron, said that many customers are using Android in production environments already, and they want to grow those deployments substantially.
"Android has moved from being a feature on a checklist for the future to being a core requirement for today. With this release of MobileIron for Android, IT teams can finally make Android a full citizen in the enterprise," he said.
For email, MobileIron has partnered with mobile developer Divide to provide a seamless email, contacts, calendar and tasks experience across all Android devices and versions. The firm also said that IBM Notes Traveler is now supported as a containerised app under AppConnect, for organisations still using Domino mail servers.
MobileIron also said that its MDM platform now supports Samsung's Knox security, enabling it to provision and configure enterprise email on supported Samsung handsets, including the setting and enforcement of security policy controls. However, details on supported devices for Knox remain vague.
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