Back in March we first caught wind of a report suggesting that Google would bake in some serious enterprise-focused features into the next version of Android, in an effort aimed at making Android a more serious player in the enterprise world.
We’re still not entirely sure what this effort will look like, or even if the rumors are true, but a small piece of the puzzle might have now fallen into place. Google has announced its purchase of a startup called Divide, which previously aimed to make Android devices secure and enterprise-friendly.
In many ways, Divide is similar to Samsung’s own security software, Knox, in that it utilizes its own contained workspace that “divides it” from your personal life while focusing on enterprise-level privacy and security. There’s also several included tools like a powerful email app, enhanced notifications and more.
Obviously having a Google-backed sandbox solution for businesses could be a major win for the Android platform, though it’s unclear how exactly Google plans to proceed from here. While it’s possible Google could merely offer Divide as a downloadable Google-supported option, we wouldn’t be too surprised if some of Divide’s features end up making their way into the next version of Android.
That said, integrating Divide’s functionality into Android might cause some problems with manufacturers like Samsung, which have already put a great bit of effort into developing their own solutions. Of course it’s also possible that Google could merely bundle Divide (or whatever Google ends up rebranding it as) with select Android devices, such as the rumored Android Silver line-up.
Bottom-line, we don’t know much yet, but Divide could certainly be a hint that big enterprise-related changes are heading our way in the near future. What do you think, glad to see Google getting involved here or do you feel that businesses are better off picking their own 3rd party solutions?