Google Buys BYOD Developer -- Folds It into Android Team
Published on: 20th May 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Google has bought the BYOD software developer, Divide for an undisclosed amount.
Divide had developed an app that essentially divided a smartphone into two split personalities to ensure that work and personal usage remained absolutely separate from each other. The company also offered a remote management platform for IT managers to secure devices.
The service works on both Android and iPhone, and the company said that it will continue to offer the service.
Although the price paid was not announced, it is known that Divide had raised around USD25 million from investors, who include Comcast, Qualcomm, and Google.
The team will be joining Google's Android developers, which suggests that a future Android OS could include BYOD facilities as standard.
Founded in 2010 by former Morgan Stanley mobile IT executives, the company was originally known as Enterproid.