Android the phone for the Enterprise

Mobile Phone SecurityWhen it gets to security, portable equipment has long been a major problem for the corporate world. Mobile phones in particular have been a specially problematic area. They spend most of their life’s out of the physical control of the IT Department. This means that making sure data on them does not fall into the wrong hands is a daunting challenge.

Google seems to have accepted that challenge, and have announced a new suite of administration controls for Android phones using Google Apps.

Features including:

  • Password Quality Checks – Length and Combination of Letters and Numbers Control
  • Remote Data Wiping
  • Withdraw access to corporate data
  • Lock the phone.

The security suite will become available free to premium and education users of Google Apps within the next few days. They are not the only company out there to develop security systems for mobile phone users. However for users already working with Google Apps this might prove to be a more economical patch than going to the competitors. Experts suggest that Google will soon be in a position to compete with Research in Motion, the people behind Blackberry.



iPhone wont be tested for greenness

Iphone in GreenIn a green initiative by the mobile industry, ranking phones by how environmentally friendly they are, Apple has refused to participate.

Many other phones have been ranked, with Sony Ericsson’s Elm ranking at position number 1. Several phones weigh in on joint second place.

The survey requires that the manufacturer answer a set of 63 questions about the phone’s efficiency, manufacturer and a number of other points in order to establish how environmentally friendly it really is.

It seems it is not a straight foward process, the Elm mentioend above won its first place on the basis of eliminating the need of additional devices; GPS, MP3 Player and obviously it has phone capabilities.

My Suspicion is that Apple know that their phone is nowhere near an environmentally friendly or electrically efficient. Since they have refused to participate in this. A survey for O2 however was conducted which states that a major factor for mobile phone purchasing was the need of the phone to be environmentally sustainable.