Our team has undertaken many Android deployments over the years and today our customers have thousands of Android endpoints under management to show for it.
Over the last 18 months, we have engaged in far more conversations around Android enterprise than ever before, often with customers choosing it as the preferred method of deployment. The reason for this is twofold: first, it was becoming increasingly apparent that Google is no longer focusing its efforts on legacy Android management, and second, there has been a surge in customer awareness surrounding the Android enterprise solution set as Google and the wider ecosystem talked more frequently about it.
Back in December, Google formally announced the deprecation of device administrator, today’s most popular (but flawed) method of managing Android devices, in favour of Android enterprise. From 2019, it will no longer be possible to manage devices using device administrator, meaning that only legacy devices will be able to keep using it until they are eventually phased out. I’ve written more about the deprecation on my personal blog here.
More recently, with the introduction of Android Enterprise Recommended, Google are making it much easier for organisations to select devices that have been validated to ensure a consistent UX, reliable management and extended OS and security updates all guaranteed.
With all of this in mind, it is clear that any further device administrator (legacy) deployments we undertake will require a migration plan to accommodate the transition. So in order to ensure our customers have the best possible experience when managing their Android devices, our primary focus around Android management for this year and beyond, much like our partners, will be Android enterprise.
With a number of deployment options available, including full zero-touch enrolment, and support for a wide range of devices to suit all requirements and budgets, Android enterprise offers more flexibility, security, simplicity and choice compared to legacy device administrator management. Furthermore, with the developer release of Android P showing significant improvements for enterprise management, there is no doubt that Android enterprise is only going to continue to improve.
We appreciate there may be situations where Android enterprise won’t suit all requirements today, and we’ll work with our customers to find a solution. However, we will be discouraging device administrator deployments from now on and will aim to build hybrid environments with a focus on supporting both old and new devices in these situations to make sure our customers are fully prepared when it makes sense to migrate.
For customers both old and new with existing deployments, stay tuned! We’ll soon be announcing our migration services to help ease the transition between legacy and Android enterprise environments. For updates, please register interest below:
There are big changes ahead and we’re excited to see Android management become faster, easier and more secure than ever before!
If you have questions or concerns feel free to reach out to myself or the team for a chat, we look forward to hearing from you!
Jason Bayton, Senior Consultant & Android SME