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Next Version of Android May Focus on Enterprise Security

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If rumors are to be believed, the next version of Android may emphasize enterprise security and business-specific features. That’s according to a report by The Information, which says Google’s own Sundar Pichai is leading the initiative to make Android more attractive to businesses.

Security is said to be a major focus. A range of features are under consideration, including stronger encryption, storage of data on secure chips, better compatibility with biometric authentication, and new APIs for managing devices and apps remotely.

Google may also introduce an app approval process separate from the Play Store that will ensure that apps within corporate app stores are “safe.” The article didn’t elaborate, but it would likely be an added protection against malicious code that can be surreptitiously embedded in apps.

Google is expected to unveil the next version of Android in June at I/O. Registration begins April 10.

Via: The Information
  • JusticeDROID

    BRING BACK THE QWERTY! and Slide! and Slide! so my fingers can get some exercise!

  • Manthas

    Seems like a reasonable thing to add to the system; it’s a pretty obvious lack in its current state.

  • mmoreimi

    Encrypted email client for Exchange

  • Jack3D

    Yes. Give the IT guys something to like…

    http://t.co/oXVVYNfl

  • Derrick Amundsen

    Not sure what I think about this, if it’s true, it’s going to make rooting / mod’ing / custom / fun stuff much much much harder to do. Look at what Knox did to the Galaxy phones.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      was thinking the same. Hope that doesnt happen but if the rumor is true, it would make it harder/impossible to root/rom.

    • The Narrator

      Our Lord and Savior, Google, knows what we want. Relax.

      • michael arazan

        Google could just buy a security code company making giant algorithms virtually hack proof, but the NSA has just become No.1 again with the most powerful super computer in the world and also holds various numbers of spots in the top twenty as well, and there doesn’t seem to be anything they can’t hack.

    • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

      Knox isnt active by default, so it really didnt do much if anything unless you activated it.

      • Derrick Amundsen

        That isn’t true, if you flash a new ROM onto a Galaxy Note 3, it’ll hit the knox flash counter and void your warranty. It’s there by default, and there are some work arounds to not trip it, but it’s a PITA for sure.

        • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

          The counter isnt all that knox is. Knox also has an enterprise security client that will block rooting/romming altogether if enabled. That’s what I meant.

    • Dan

      Buy a nexus if you like to tinker.

      • Derrick Amundsen

        True. But if this new “enterprise security” could make it less tinker-friendly – right out of the box.

  • Hugh Hansen

    Registration for I/O ends on April 10th.

    • athorax

      They are trying to trick us so they can have more tickets for themselves!

  • AbbyZFresh

    Too late Google, most business do not trust Android since you guys took too long in the lag and security problems on Android. Even today the problems are still there. Just stick to smartphones/tablets and don’t try to be Windows. Stick to what you’re good at. Enterprise is geared for desktop OSes, not mobile.

    • JBartcaps

      What security problems? Elaborate to back up your claim.

      • AbbyZFresh

        It’s more easily hackable since it’s open source.

        • brkshr

          You just disqualified yourself from any credibility at all! Really?! You really think that?! What if I told you open source software is actually MORE secure? Do some research and get with the times.

          (I hope you’re trolling and not seriously this ignorant)

        • Tyler

          Being open source does make it easier to find exploits but you have many more eyes starting at the code and finding these exploits and fixing them. Linux is open source and doesn’t have any issues.

    • K

      Enterprise is not for mobile? Yeah, umm that’s not true.

    • brkshr

      You do know the President of the U.S. is considering going Android, right? ( http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/20/5530712/president-obama-may-ditch-blackberry-for-android ) And most enterprises used Blackberry phones… Is that a desktop OS?

      • AbbyZFresh

        I’m sure the President will have his Android phone specially designed for him to be extremely secure by the government. Won’t be the same Android the rest of us use.

        • Ralph Bretz

          Special NSA model perhaps?

        • LiterofCola

          Yeah and you know that for sure Mr. Expert?

          • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

            Pretty sure he’s right. Obama wont be running CM on w/e phone he gets anytime soon.

          • richie97

            Even the Blackberry he uses isn’t an off the shelf Blackberry.

        • Barack Obama

          you sir are correct. you deserve a cookie. With 10% tax off the full retail price of course.

          • ERIFNOMI

            Retail taxes are at the state and local levels. Nice try.

    • LionStone

      And the reason airlines (pilots) are dumping the ipads and replacing with Windows tablet? Because the ipad is limited, no multi windows to run a map along something else.

      • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

        Idk of any pilots using anything but Ipads….

        • LionStone

          I know Delta is using Windows tablets and the flight attendants are using Nokia Window phones for purchases in flight.

    • Daistaar

      Whoa… way wrong friend. Enterprise is and has been moving more and more toward mobile and is one of the largest growing demands in most enterprise. Mobility is where growth and demand are and it would behoove Google to strengthen MDM capabilities in Android. Samsung is doing it right with Knox. It won’t really hinder rooting much, (looks at Apple) so you won’t be terribly affected but it is necessary if they don’t want Apple getting all of those BlackBerry customers. Windows phone isn’t able to do it even though their exchange and active sync environments are tops.

  • tyguy829

    Did anyone else first read that as Next Version of Android: May

    • duke69111

      Nope. :)

  • anonymous

    I hope they are. That’s one area that android is severely lacking. pretty sure the latest data even has MS and blackberry (see the latest decision out of the whitehouse) ahead

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I can’t believe Apple is that much ahead, i wonder what they are working on. If you aren’t aware, the fingerprints on the 5s are stored in the A7 chip.

    • Adrynalyne

      They had a lot of time to get it done. When Android was a fledgling OS and they had all but killed off Winmo, they had time to improve on less interesting features and prepare to replace Blackberry without fear of losing marketshare to anyone else.

  • brkshr

    I would say that’s a safe bet

  • Zain Kalwani

    Great! Can’t Wait For The Next Version Of Android!

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Neither Can I! :P