Google Gives Admins More Power Over Android Phones
Google today armed its business customers with more tools to help secure their employees' Android smartphones. The company added more granular control over Android devices to the Google Apps Admin console. Admins can now perform selective device wipes, which removes Google Apps account data but leaves user data intact. Admins can also remotely wipe an SD memory card when performing a full device wipe. Security policies can now be enforced across a companies' fleet of devices with an updated Device Policy app. Finally, admins now have more control over Wi-Fi configuration and network access. Google believes these changes will help its business customers better manage their Android mobile devices.
Google Simplifies Searching For Lost Phones
Google today made improvements to its My Accounts tool that should help people better manage their Google settings as well as their smartphone. Users can now access their account by saying, "Ok Google, show me my Google account" into the Google Search app.
Can't Find Your Android? Locate It with A Google Search
Google recently rolled out a quick new way to locate misplaced Android smartphones. A simple Google search for "Find My Phone" from a PC can find a lost phone, force it to ring at full volume, and even position it on a map.
Google's Family Link App to Help Manage Kid Phones
Google today announced Family Link, an app and service parents can use to set up and monitor Android smartphones for their children. Parents can use the app to create Google accounts for kids younger than age 13, which is linked to the parent account.
Google Turns On Native Security Alerts for Android Log-Ins
Google today said it is taking a more proactive step to notify users when there is new account activity. Specifically, Google will send push notifications to Android devices associated with an account every time a new device is added to the account.