Android Lollipop – Why business owners should be excited

The new version of Android is about as business-friendly as mobile operating systems get – here’s why it’s perfect for your company.

With an 84.7 per cent share of the market, it’s no real secret that Android is the leading force when it comes to mobile operating systems (OS). For a large number of business owners, however, it’s still the iPhone’s iOS that reigns supreme, and it’s not too difficult to see why.

With so much sensitive data to consider, security has to take priority in a corporate environment – and with standardised app stores and restricted customisation capabilities, Apple traditionally pips Google to the post here… but maybe not for much longer.

The latter of these two Californian tech giants announced this week that it is ready to start rolling out Android 5.0 to its colossal user base. Codenamed Lollipop, it’s the biggest aesthetic overhaul to hit the OS since Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) was first released in 2011. It’s not the visuals that business owners should be getting excited about, though.

Lollipop will boast a number of corporate-friendly features, the most useful of which is likely to be its support for separate user profiles. This will make it easier for companies to stay on top of their employees’ work use of personal smartphones and tablet computers. With different accounts accessible via independent passwords, CIOs can stay on top of their data without having to insist on designated devices.

Of course, security risks still exist, as they do with any connected device, but Google has considered this too. The new OS sports a “kill-switch” feature, allowing the genuine owner of the device to render it useless to anyone without authorisation. So even if a smartphone goes missing, data can be protected quickly and remotely.

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