Google Touts Android 8.0 Oreo for the Enterprise

Posted on September 27, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 2 Comments

Today, Google is highlighting the enterprise functionality that it’s added to Android 8.0 Oreo.

“Android 8.0 Oreo is now available, bringing a sweet combination of improved productivity and enhanced security to enterprise customers,” a post to the Google Android Enterprise blog reads. “The new release builds on the consistent investments we’ve made to make Android stronger, easier to manage, and more productive for the enterprise.”

Here’s what’s new in Android for the enterprise.

Work profiles. This feature separates users’ work and personal data on the device so that IT can implement the security it needs on work data, but users can continue to use the apps and services they want. New to Oreo, work profiles are now available on corporate-owned devices.

Zero-touch enrollment. Now, enterprises can deploy corporate-owned Android devices with preconfigured management settings so that employees can begin using them right out of the box. Devices are configured online and drop-shipped to employees.

Project Treble. This security solution separates the core of Android from customized hardware maker bits, providing for improved sandboxing that makes it harder for hackers to exploit the kernel.

Google Play Protect. This security service is always-on, and scans for malware and blocks potentially-harmful apps. In Oreo, Google Play Protect can be managed by IT, so they can block unknown or risky apps across the whole device or just within work profiles.

Secure password reset. In Oreo, it’s easier for admins to help users securely recover from forgotten passwords on encrypted devices.

Improved user notification. So employees can see what their IT admins are doing on their devices, Oreo will provide more transparency for management actions (app installs, enforcement changes) via notifications.

You can find out more on the Android Enterprise website.

 

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2 responses to “Google Touts Android 8.0 Oreo for the Enterprise”

  1. Bill Russell

    Maybe this year will be "Project Bass". This could potentially add independance to the android core.

    OEMs like samsung can plug in their customizations in on top via another versioned IDL interface like done with project treble. Android could be kept open source but the CTS would require that no modifications have been made to the android core, such that google can't upgrade it at any time and not affect functionality.

    Now any of the "3 layers" of the Cake can be upgraded independently.

    At that point, Android releases would just be by SDK level - a rolling release with no dessert namings, hoopla, and "where's my update" waahh. Basically also eliminating the need for support libraries I think.

    I don't know enough about android architecture to know if this is feasible, but you get the idea. I am wondering if this is where they could be headed.


  2. lecter

    Only Google could come up with a press release in which they talk about "bringing a sweet combination of improved productivity and enhanced security to enterprise customers"...no one at IBM ever talked about a sweet combination of features brought by a new Lotus release :D