Google is about ready to roll-out Android 5.0 on Nexus devices, and other Android device manufacturers will follow suit shortly thereafter. While this new OS delivers a number of new consumer features, it also provides enterprise capabilities that help IT support the adoption of Android devices – whether those devices are personally owned (BYOD) or company issued.  Here are a few highlights:

Material Design:

At Citrix, we’ve learned that user experience is critical to driving the adoption of mobile devices.  We’re excited to see Google’s Material Design – a new design language, which makes extensive use of natural motion, realistic lighting, vivid colors and beautiful typography to deliver a more fluid and intuitive experience.  This user-friendly experience will be consistent across all Android devices – including smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and even cars.

Managed Profiles:

This is one of the most exciting features for enterprises.  Android 5.0 introduces new functionality to initiate a “managed profile” which is used to run apps within a secure environment that allows enterprise apps to co-exist with personal apps while providing a clear demarcation. How? You may ask. Well, it’s by a simple process of badging all enterprise applications with a little briefcase.

Enhanced Security:

Security admins will be pleased to learn that with Android 5.0, encryption will be turned on automatically by default.  In addition, Android 5.0’s Smart Lock feature allows a user to pair the device with another trusted device.  For example,  an Android 5.0 smartphone can be set to only unlock when it is within proximity to a trusted smartwatch.  Also with Android 5.0, every app that is uploaded and delivered through the Google Play Store or other sources will be scanned for malware.

Power and Battery Enhancements (Project Volta):

The Android 5.0 scheduler will help IT optimize battery life by defining jobs for the system to run asynchronously at a later time or under specified conditions (such as when the device is charging).  This is extremely useful in situations where the app has non-user-facing work that can be deferred or when the user prefers to let the app complete the job when the device is plugged in or when the device requires a Wi-Fi connection.  The platform also provides built-in tools such as batterystats and Battery Historian that delivers critical information to further optimize battery performance.

Task Locking:

Another interesting feature introduced with Android 5.0 is a new task locking feature that lets IT temporarily restrict users from leaving their app or being interrupted by notifications. This could be used in the retail, education, restaurant or education industry to create a kiosk like experience. When an app in put into this mode, users will be locked into the app and will not be able to return to the home screen, exit out of the app or view notifications until the app exits. The possibilities are endless!

Citrix XenMobile and Android 5.0

As the new Android 5.0 update is delivered to existing devices, and new 5.0 devices begin shipping, be sure to check back with us to find out the latest about XenMobile’s support for this sweet, delightful OS!