Why Is Android Oreo A Good Bet For Enterprise

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 22, 2017


Android 8.0 is now official as Android Oreo. Earlier, the operating system was known as Android O. The new operating system, named after the most popular cookies in the world, brings to both consumers and enterprises to bring more intelligence and power into the hands of its users.

On Monday night, Google announced the name of its latest version of Android through a “live stream” and a short clip that first showed the O in Android O as the solar eclipse before the animation changed it into the Oreo, which also [designed to] coincides with solar eclipse in the US.

Google’s Android, yet again on a spree of a snack-themed codename, for this latest version of Android that has gone commercial and partnered with snack producer, adopting Nabisco’s trademarked ‘Oreo’.

One of the major highlights of Android 8.0 Oreo is the Notification Dots, with which it can be seen whether any app has anything new to show.   Another takeaway is the addition of redesigned Emojis. Google also added 60 new emojis in the process. This Android’s latest version is being rolled out across all the usual distribution methods. OTAs will soon roll out to Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and Pixel C.

Oreo and the Enterprise

One of the smartest features of Android for the enterprise is the free, easy-to-implement, built-in functionality that segregates work and personal data. Another highlight is the BYOD deployments and work managed devices for corporate-owned devices.

Android Oreo brings the ‘work profiles on fully managed devices’, which will let employees use personal apps on their corporate phones.

The latest version will also ease the security issues with features such as; improving data at rest protection; Advancing forensics and encryption; and adding more controls around the work security challenge.

“We’ve collaborated closely with Google over the years to address enterprise mobility requirements on Android devices. From smartphones and tablets to wearables and rugged devices, Android plus unified endpoint management (UEM) technology works together to secure and equip devices with the apps and resources users need to be successful,” mentioned a VMware blog.

At VMware AirWatch, we are committed to keeping up with the fast pace of technology and bringing Android to work by enhancing the admin and end-user experience. We are working to support these latest features so we can continue to enable Android devices in the enterprise, it reads.

Dial O for Oreo

Now, it is to see how third-party Android OEMs like LG and Samsung rope this latest platform. Also, Nokia has been banking on a “pure updated Android” stance for Nokia 3,5,6 and 8, so it is to see now what is up next with this quick OS release.

However, given that Android O code has been made available to OEMs since the first developer preview in March, it is much likely that they had enough time to prepare for this release.

Latest smartphones from major OEMs like Galaxy S8 and LG G6 generally take 6 months to update to a new version. For 2016 flagships, it usually takes eight months to a year. Another thing is for those who are not willing to buy a Google phone right away, with this wait can the thrill be made stay alive. 

So far Android has been slow at rolling out device updates given the involvement of several parties including manufacturers, phone carriers and other third parties pulling up a new release. The company, however, said the latest release and future versions will get new updates faster. 

Soon Apple will launch its latest mobile update-iOS 11 which will include peer-to-peer payments, new Live photo effects, upgrades to Siri and the feature to block notifications while driving.