Verizon to Offer Split-Personality Androids
Verizon Wireless today announced a new offering for its business customers that will help them keep their employees' work and personal information separate on the same device. The service, called VMware Horizon Mobile, will allow IT departments to set up a sandboxed portion of an Android handset that contains work data and account information that remains entirely separate from the employee's personal information. The service doesn't require on-board software; rather, it can be provisioned over the air to new employee handsets. LG will be among the first to supply Verizon Wireless with VMware-ready Android smartphones.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
Verizon to Test AppFlash Search Tool On Some Android Phones
Verizon Wireless is prepared to roll out a new search tool on select Android handsets over the next few weeks. The tool, called Appflash, was developed by Evie.
Verizon Trims Store Employees
Verizon Wireless this week let go of an unspecified number of store-based employees around the country. Tim Dubnau, a union representative with the Communications Workers of America, placed the job cuts in the "hundreds or even thousands," but Verizon spokesperson Kin Ancin called that estimate "an exaggeration." According to Dubnau, Verizon combined the previously separate roles of inventory stocker and customer service specialist into one, which is how it trimmed store-based headcount.