Making some powerful claims, Google today said that its Android for Work initiative has been tested and successfully deployed to over 19,000 organisations. However, the company stated that it is not sure which business are testing or already using the service.
Google launched Android for Work in February this year to cater to the needs of enterprises and organizations. With Android for Work employees can carry their personal devices to work, without the employer feeling insecure about the company’s security.
Android for Work does this by dividing the apps into personal and business sections. The control of the business apps lies with the company, while the employee has the liberty to maintain the data on the personal apps section.
Google has also devised a new strategy to attract new customers by giving out its Nexus 5X smartphone free of cost under its Enterprise Mobility Management Program. The Nexus 5X will be given out only for the first 3,000 companies, which will deploy the service with the help of an EMM provider before the end of this year.
It is also making sure that IT admins get to issue certificates without any hassle and gets an easy access into the service. Andrew Toy, Android for Work’s product management director, stated that Google is offering Nexus device to the business since the device has the privilege of running the latest version of Android.
As of now Google has collaborated with over 80 companies for the Android for Work initiative, including the likes of BlackBerry, SAP, Citrix, Cisco, and F5.
With this impressive number of partners and companies currently deploying Android for Work, Google has still a mountain to climb before it matches up to the Apple iOS. According to the data from Good Technology, Apple’s program runs on attest 72% of the devices owned by enterprises, while that of Android runs on 26% of the devices.