Android enterprise device management cheat sheet

Android device management APIs and services

Device Administration API: Google introduced this API in Android 2.2 to provide developers with device administration features at the system level.

Although many organizations continue to use this API, it is no longer robust enough to meet today’s security and management requirements. For example, the API cannot securely reset device passwords on encrypted devices or establish administrator-defined passcodes to lock a user out of a device.

Instead, developers should transition to newer Android technologies when interfacing with the Android operating system (OS). Google plans to start depreciating Device Administration policies in the next Android release.

Modern management APIs: Android provides several APIs for working with the Android and Google Play ecosystems. One of the most important is the Android Management API, which vendors can incorporate into their enterprise mobility management (EMM) platforms to provide customers with tools to provision, secure and help with Android enterprise device management.

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For strong Android enterprise device management, IT teams should look for EMM products that take full advantage of these APIs, such as Google Mobile Management, VMware AirWatch, MobileIron, IBM MaaS360 or other products.

Google Mobile Management: Administrators can use Google’s EMM platform to secure and monitor Android devices, and to help with Android enterprise device management, similarly to third-party EMM products that use the Android

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