Android N Feature Spotlight: Android For Work Updated With Profile Security Challenge, Wallpaper Locking, Work Mode Toggle, Plus Much More
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Bing is really centered on making Android more work-friendly, and N adds a lot of additional features to enhance Android for Work. To begin with, there’s now a toggle that’ll completely disable a device’s work profile, including apps, notifications, and background sync. While work mode is switched off, a persistent icon is going to be displayed within the status bar to help remind users that actually work apps can’t launch.
Work profiles in N now also support yet another layer of protection allowing managers specify a burglar challenge each time a work application is launched. This concern might be by means of whether pin, a fingerprint, or perhaps a password, and also the administrator may also specify such things as the needed minimum password length or even the password’s “quality.”
Here is a quick overview of the numerous more new inclusions in Android for Operate in N:
Always-on VPN lets the device automatically start up a work VPN at boot time, so that apps can only access the internet through a “secure” connection.
Setting up an Android for Work device will potentially be a much faster process, now that the setup wizard for work profiles supports QR code scanning.
Access to specific apps can now be suspended so that they become effectively disabled. This is very similar to the way system apps can already be disabled in Android, with the exception that disabled work apps will show up with a grayed icon in the launcher.
Contacts are now integrated between work profiles and the primary user, so that they are now mutually accessible from either environment.
Android for Work devices can now be remotely rebooted, as long as the device is corporately owned (the corporation is the device owner) and not just being used in a “bring your own device” (BYOD) environment (the corporation is just the profile owner).
Device owners (i.e. not in a BYOD environment) have the option of disabling data roaming on a system level.
Device owners can monitor and log all sorts of activities, including app launches, adb activity, and screen unlocks.
Device owners can remotely trigger and retrieve bug reports.
Profile and device owners can grant third-party apps access to client certificates as well as uninstall them.
Organizations can configure a specific app to manage work app restrictions.
Users can now disable location permissions for all work apps while still allowing personal apps to access location.
Organizations can customize the work profile with corporate colors and logos.
Profile owners and device owners can install multiple Wi-Fi CA certificates on a work device.
Device owners can set up a custom lockscreen message.
In work profiles, a profile or device owner can now specify the dialer app.
Also within work profiles, an organization can choose to lock down the wallpaper and user icon for the work profile. This does not affect the wallpaper or user icon of a user’s personal profile.
Device owners and profile owners can retrieve information on the device’s health, such as the CPU usage or temperature.
Many of these limitations usually are meant to be fully transparent to users, with messages like “Action not permitted” or custom organization-specific messages being proven to users each time a certain action is blocked or disabled.