The next version of Android should be much better suited to business usage, according to recent reports.
Android is the most widely used mobile OS on the market, but that popularity doesn’t currently extend to the business world. The platform’s open and exploitable nature doesn’t sit well with security-conscious company directors and paranoid IT department heads.
The next iteration of Android could take large steps towards correcting that, if recent rumours are to be believed. Google seems to have BlackBerry and Apple’s corporate customers firmly in its sights with a string of new features and improvements currently said to be in the works.
The Information reports that Google’s Sundar Pichai is overseeing efforts to boost Android’s security. Besides stronger encryption, this will apparently involve storing sensitive information directly on chips.
In addition, future versions of Android will enable apps that require additional authentication measures, such as biometric information (or thumbprint recognition, to put it into plain English).
Google is also said to be working on new Android APIs for managing your devices and applications remotely. This would enable Android users to wipe out specific company data on their phones if they were to be lost, stolen, or passed on to other employees.
Another initiative being pursued is a separate approval process for business apps.
We should see some or all of these modifications in the next version of Android (with a code-name set to begin with 'L'), so expect to see some solid confirmation at Google I/O towards the end of June.
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