Android for Work announced, Samsung Knox rolled into the effort

by: Andrew GrushJune 25, 2014


We’ve long heard reports that Google is interested in expanding its enterprise capabilities with Android L Release. At I/O 2014 Google confirmed that this is the case, formally introducing Android for Work. Android for Work consists of new APIs that are designed to separate work from play.

If this sounds at all familiar, that’s because we’ve seen this before with solutions like Samsung Knox. In fact, Android for Work is actually derived from Samsung Knox, with some Google magic thrown on top! Yes, really. Samsung has contributed all of its work on Knox to Android for Work, and Google is opening up the universal Android enterprise features to other Android OEMs including Motorola, LG, Sony and HTC. Initially the platform will only work with Android L release devices, though Google says that eventually all devices with Ice Cream Sandwich or higher will be supported.

That’s not the only move Google is making in order to prepare Android for enterprise in a bigger way. Google has also announced it will allow native Office editing inside its Google Docs suite. Another great move is the introduction of unlimited storage for businesses, which will set companies back $10 a month per user.

  • Jayfeather787

    One not so great thing about Android L. Samsung Knox is pretty bad. Really don’t want something like that in Android L.

  • _X_

    Nice Samsung… Now I will be waiting for all the anti-Samsung people to complain again about Samsung software…

    Always said that people hate Samsung but want some Samsung made software!

  • Mikesphoneandtab

    By saying this is a bad thing, one would also be saying the Google made a bad decision. For all the die hard Google/Nexus/”Stock Android people, I hope they can appreciate that they can see Samsung who are close partners with Google and help make Android a better place instead of just the plastic/S App company. Samsung actually has good software and Google, as rich as they are and as many options as they had chose them for this.

  • xoj_21

    will the default docs in that everyone use will have office support too or just the ones that pay 10$ a month?

    • AnonGuy

      Anyone. In slides there’s an option to enable creating in PPTX from the mobile app. It’s off by default lol