Android Enterprise (previously known as Android for Work) was introduced in Android 5.0 as a bridge for combining Android with mobile device management solutions, allowing them to be used in the enterprise. Employees who had already used Android devices had little to no learning curve since they were operating on an OS they were already familiar with. Android Enterprise Management offers a comprehensive collection of features for mobile device management boosts efficiency and security in the workplace.

Let's take a look at some of the functionality that Android Enterprise management offers at different levels of mobile device management:

  1. Easy On-boarding

    Android Enterprise management gives you a variety of options for enrolling devices in bulk without requiring any user interaction or administrative action. These enrollment strategies make onboarding and deployment to the production environment go more quickly.

  2. Zero-touch Enrollment

    Since the devices are corporate-owned, this enrollment method is suitable for large-scale system deployments that require minimal admin/user intervention. All that is required is a one-time setup in which you enter the information of the devices to be enrolled into the Zero Touch portal, which is then automatically enrolled upon device activation. You can also use the portal to automate the process of adding devices by providing reseller information. This means that any device purchased from the reseller is immediately connected to the site, ensuring a seamless enrollment process. For specific devices purchased from specific resellers, zero-touch enrollment is supported.

  3. EMM token Enrollment

    If the computers are in the users' possession, this form of enrollment is perfect. Since the registration is done by the users, this approach needs little administrative interference. Only the EMM token and a QR code need to be shared by the administrator. Google provides the DPC token to uniquely identify the MDM solution, the server is identified by the QR code. EMM token enrollment, unlike Zero-touch enrollment, can be used to enroll any system running Android 6.0 or later for Android Enterprise management.

    Enrolling a device through EMM Token or Zero-touch also makes it a work-managed device (previously known as Device Owner), meaning full Android Business management, allowing the enterprise to control the entire device. This is perfect for business devices. MDM also supports various methods of provisioning devices as System Owner.

    Employee-owned devices may be enrolled through Invite or Self Enrollment, which creates a controlled work profile for the device (previously known as Profile Owner). This was perfect for BYOD (bring your own device) and employee-owned computers. Work Profile uses containerization to distinguish corporate and personal data on the computer. On employee-owned computers, a logical container is generated that serves as the corporate workspace, with the enterprise having full control (hence the name Profile Owner). While the company has full control over the corporate workspace, it has none over personal space, ensuring that data is kept private. The logical container acts as a sandbox for corporate data, preventing unauthorized access and sharing. Despite the fact that both versions of the software will run on the same platform (the business version is marked by a red or blue briefcase), data sharing is not possible.

  4. Efficient Policy Deployment

    One of the major advantages of setting up Android Enterprise management is the robust support for policies and additional restrictions in policies, in addition to the fast and simple onboarding. Additional protocols, such as Kiosk, Enterprise Factory Reset Protection, and additional controls, such as disabling microphone, camera, and clipboard sharing, are supported, ensuring that devices conform to the organization's security and enforcement requirements. Similarly, you can configure a dedicated pass code only for the container with Android Enterprise management, further enhancing protection.

  5. Corporate App Management In Its Entirety

    Managing apps is one of the most popular tasks for an IT administrator - from installation to upgrade to deletion, the entire lifecycle of apps, whether store or business, must be managed by the company, and Android Enterprise MDM makes it simple to do so.

    When it comes to the silent app download, upgrade, and deletion, combining Android Enterprise (formerly known as Play for Work) with MDM means that you can do so without having to customize Play Store. Google provides random Google accounts in which the applications are connected, so you don't have to create separate accounts for each user/device even configure Play Store. Both store and business apps can be enabled automatically without the need for user interaction once distributed from MDM. Similarly, the applications can be updated/deleted without the involvement of the user.

    The benefit of Android Enterprise MDM is that it allows you to create your own enterprise-approved app list, which includes both store and enterprise applications that have been approved by the company and prevents users from downloading other apps. It also allows you to customize the Play Store's layout, making it more user-friendly for employees.

    When provisioning personal devices as Profile Owner, two versions of the Play Store are created: one is configured with an arbitrary Google account with only enterprise-approved apps, and the other is configured with the device user's personal account. It is the business version of the Play Store that is installed inside the container, ensuring that no unapproved applications can be installed or unauthorized data sharing between the two versions of the software or other apps can take place.

  6. Data and system protection can be improved with security policies.

    Encryption is allowed on devices running Android 7.0 and higher to ensure data protection, while encryption can be enabled using Mobile Device Manager Plus on devices running Android 4.0 and higher. Mobile Device Manager Plus supports encryption for both the SD card and the device storage on devices.

    Android Enterprise enables enterprises to confidently choose, deploy, and manage Android devices and services that meet stringent enterprise requirements.