Google Improves BYOD Management for Android Smartphones

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Just days after it beefed up its BYOD services by acquisition, Google has upgraded its existing remote device management platform.

Google said that it is adding new features to Google Apps Mobile Management for Android to make it easier for IT departments to remotely manage company smartphones.

One of the new features is targeted at lost smartphones -- and new policies can be set that will automatically wipe an inactive account from a device if it has not been synced for a predetermined number of days.

In addition, IT depts can now set policies that will detect signals for common forms of a compromised device, such as "rooting" or installing a custom "ROM", and block that device.

The aim being to reduce the security risk from lost or stolen phones being able to log into corporate IT systems.

There are also now configuration settings for EAP-based WiFi Networks, and some improved reporting tools.

On the web: admin.google.com

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