Device Management & Dedicated Experiences on Android Devices

Device Management & Dedicated Experiences on Android Devices

Mobile phones have entered our lives in a way only the most visionary minds could have imagined, making themselves indispensable for our daily lives. The number of smartphone users in the world today is 3.5 Billion, which translates to 44.69% of the world’s population. There are more mobile phones and wireless subscriptions than people in the world. In fact, there will be 6.83 billion smartphone subscriptions by 2022. The mobile industry will contribute $4.8 Trillion to the world’s GDP.

The need for high computational power and growing usage of connected devices has stimulated the convergence of mobile and cloud technology. This union has further been leveraged by the steady growth in BYOD and a significant shift to the cloud. As smartphones become popular in the workplace, it is a challenge for many employers to draw a clear line between a “work device” and a “personal device.”

Hence, different employers are taking different measures to address this issue. Some employers permit employees to use their own mobile devices whereas others provide devices with pre-installed software that keeps personal and work profiles separate.

Device Management – An Intro

Mobile Device Management software allows IT to automate, control, and secure administrative policies on smartphones, tablets, or any other device connected to an organization’s network. MDM is a core component of enterprise mobility management (EMM), that includes mobile application management, enterprise file sync, access management, and share.

  • Access Control Features – Access control is one of the key MDM features. As employees access business data through their mobile devices, an organization should ensure that they are accessed by only the approved employees.
  • Remote Updates – Nowadays, many MDM solutions now allow remote troubleshooting of devices. It is possible to install or uninstall any program remotely. Using this feature, an organization can find out and repair issues remotely with business-critical mobile devices without inspecting the device physically.
  • Remote Wipe – The corporate data stored on your mobile device gets out of your control in the case of a major security breach or a missing device. Your organization needs to be able to delete the classified data from a computer remotely in such a situation. Modern MDM solutions, no matter where the system is will remove business data.
  • Device Location Tracking – A company should also be able to monitor the location of a mobile device. Usually, the MDM solution is supported by the mobile’s GPS that controls and always lets the organization know where the devices are.

Cool Innovations and Products in the Market

Below are some cool innovations and products in the market.

Device Management Platforms

Here are some excellent MDM solutions with their pros and cons.

Dedicated Kiosk Mode apps

App Lockers

Here is a bunch of applocks in Google Play for Android phone owners.

Mobile Device Management Use-cases

Enterprise Use

Solution — There is a dedicated home screen that lets the employee use a device in a secured manner. For instance, when devices are distributed among employees for testing by a company, they can only view or access certain content. They would not be able to view/access any other confidential data on the device.

Educational Institutions

Solution — Different kiosk modes are created, and every mode can be customized as per every individual student’s requirement. An MDM solution locks down and hides all the unintended apps making sure that a student stays focused.

Parental Supervision

Solution — A parent can create different profiles as per the need or the age of each child. For example — Kid rhymes can be accessible for a toddler in the YouTube app but at the same time, the teen cannot view or access the same app. The screen accessibility can also be timed. Another example is that of the banking app that can be only accessed by an adult.

Retail

Solution — With an MDM solution, either the mobile screen can be locked in a single app or other apps can be locked individually. It is also possible to monitor the behavior of the shopper or the response of a consumer with respect to an app.

Android Device Management

With hundreds of device manufacturers, and apps to choose from, Android-powered devices deliver mobile technology that empowers and meets customer demands.

Android mobile device management solutions like MySecureMe and Kiosk Mode applications like SecureMe empower the admin to manage, control and secure company-owned devices. These solutions support a wide range of enterprise and retail scenarios. They also can be easily used by a parent on their android phones to manage their kids’ screen time.

Future Thoughts

The behavior of enterprise solutions will change based on how employees use them, taking their workflows on different types of projects into consideration. Employees have become increasingly mobile and their work styles across multiple time zones have phenomenally changed. Various security mechanisms are integrated into mobile applications depending on the position of an employee within the organization, where they are located at a certain point in time, and how the app is used.

Of course, the concept of mobile is changing, and is not confined to just smartphones. Users are inclined to use upcoming devices such as smartwatches, smart glasses, wearables and what not! To help all the forthcoming mobile devices, MDM will extend its horizon while fostering a cohesive and efficient integration with existing resources and operations.

MDM is growing as an extremely agile solution that will maintain security controls such as remote device/data wiping, authentication of users, encryption, and safeguards against viruses. On the other hand, a smooth switch between devices would also be enabled for workers using more than one device.

In the coming years, MDM will play a gigantic role in holding the mobile workforce, computers, and organizations in a seamless synergy. There is no doubt that the very essence of device management will be impacted by the trends and advances in AI, Automation, AR/VR, Analytics, and IoT.

About the Authors,

Harish Pagunta is an experienced product management and marketing expert with over 6+ years of experience. Harish is a certified scrum master, is also certified in Google Analytics, Google Ads and Mobile Ads. He has a keen eye to strategy in products and to build innovative features that have better user engagement. He dwells into user journey & behavioral analytics and has a good background in making products successful in the market. Harish is very passionate about technology, mobile and products that solve real customer issues.

Venkat Vakiti has over 13+ years of experience, an impressive record of delivering multiple technology products and solutions. He is a specialized Technical Lead/Architect and is involved in the design & development of innovative business solutions on all things mobile. Venkat is a multidomain expert, has a knack for technology, loves to learn and leverage new technologies, and is extremely skilled at user acquisition. A technology solutions leader who can deliver innovative solutions that can make the world a better place.

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