Android in enterprises 'severely limited' by weak management support from Google

Mobile device management called fastest-growing enterprise mobile software, Gartner says

By , Computerworld |  Consumerization of IT, Android, Google

Christy Wyatt, general manager of Motorola Mobility's enterprise business unit, commented in January: "We have to get Android as a whole at a stable and secure place, and once Android is behind the firewall [with 3LM], that helps. There's a lot of mythology around Android and whether it's secure or not." Other Android device makers, such as HTC and Sony, have struck agreements to license 3LM software, she said at the time.

Gartner's report noted that Google hasn't disclosed what it plans to do with 3LM as part of Motorola, adding that enterprises Gartner works with are hoping Google will use 3LM as part of an enterprise version of Android for device makers.

Earlier in May, 3LM announced version 3.0 of its Mobile Device and Application Management platform to handle smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0, as well as manage iPhones and iPads. Other new features including an easier interface for IT managers and tools to prevent users from copying data from corporate apps to non-corporate apps.

Gartner didn't rank 3LM in its latest review of 20 MDM vendors because it doesn't consider 3LM a true MDM vendor. Gartner analyst Phillip Redman, one of three authors of the latest report, said in an email interview that 3LM builds APIs and doesn't provide actual MDM, adding that those APIs serve as a "layer between MDM and a mobile device."

Claims that Android is broadly secure are "not true," Redman added. "All Android is not created equally." He didn't elaborate.

The presence of BlackBerry smartphones, which have been widely regarded as secure and manageable through its BlackBerry Enterprise Server, are on the decline in enterprises. RIM in April released an MDM platform, Mobile Fusion, that provides management for iOS and Android as well as BlackBerry. Gartner didn't evaluate Mobile Fusion for its report because it is too early, but said the software "could be a force if [RIM] decides to invest more in this area."


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