Android’s Device Admin Deprecation: Is the end a new beginning?

Let’s meet DA or did you already?!

  • Prompt user to set a new password.
  • Password restrictions like minimum password length, maximum failed attempts before wipe, require an alphanumeric password, etc.
  • Require storage encryption.
  • Disable camera.
  • Immediate device lock.
  • Wipe the device contents.

Why is DA being done and dusted?

  • The all or nothing approach
  • Manual app download for provisioning
  • User is the lone king
  • Possible app conflicts
  • Cumbersome app management

Deprecated policies

So, what now?

  • Personal devices can be set up with a work profile that allows work apps and data to be stored in a separate container within the device. The organization has full control over this work container and cannot interfere with the employee’s personal files.
  • Company-owned devices can be set up as device owner to have full control over the device and all the data in it.
  • AE supports Zero-touch enrollment (ZTE), QR code and NFC enrollment. With ZTE there is no need to manually enroll in an EMM.
  • AE also offers a managed Play Store that allows to remotely distribute apps in bulk. In a fully managed device, this involves no user intervention.
  • EMMs can implement Android Management APIs and manage all Android devices without having vendor-specific integrations. Organizations get to manage devices in bulk using a plethora of management features. In AE, the user is no more the lone king. Thus, AE has a takeaway for everyone.

Pack your bags. Next stop — Android Enterprise!

  • Big Bang — Here, existing users upgrade to AE in one or more batches.
  • Phased Adoption- Here, new users and devices are enrolled in AE and legacy devices are moved out as they age.

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