Infoworld has poured some cold water on the recent Android hype in the US, specifically for business users.
They note that the Android, even in its 2.0 version, lacks even basic security features essential for business users. The OS does not support Exchange ActiveSync policies, and 3rd party software that brings some support lie to the Exchange server about their real capabilities, such as full device encryption and thereby compromise company security.
The OS also does not support remote management capabilities, such as remotely installing applications or limiting which apps can run.
Worse still even getting Exchange Activesync to work has proven to be a challenge for many, with synching not being reliable at all.
Given that more businesses use Exchange than any other enterprise-class e-mail server, the uncertainty over the Droids’ level of Exchange support, the revelation that Touchdown inaccurately reports at least on-device encryption ActiveSync policy support, and the fact that the Droids don’t support IBM’s Lotus Notes or Novell’s Groupwise secured connections, I can’t imagine any responsible business or IT department permitting the use of the Droids for corporate e-mail access. Thus, for business e-mail use, RIM BlackBerry remains the most secure mobile device, followed by Windows Mobile, and — in distant third place — the Apple iPhone.
Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney wasn’t kidding when she told me, “The [Motorola] Droid is primarily a consumer phone.”
The author concludes:
The bottom line is clear: If an IT organization considers the iPhone to be too unsecure or hard to manage, there’s no way it could consider the Droids as supportable mobile devices.
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