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IT Gears Up for S’more Enterprise Features with Android Marshmallow

Today Google announced the latest major update to its Android operating system, Android Marshmallow. This delectably defined update is full of enterprise features that will bring greater management controls to companies deploying Android devices.

Google unwrapped several enterprise features for Android Marshmallow customers to improve management capabilities and privacy features for Android users. Here are the top enterprise features in the new update you should know:

  • Work Status UI update that includes briefcase icon on the status bar of a work-related application to clearly notify users if an app is personal or work related.
  • VPN apps now visible in settings and notifications that accompany VPN usage are now specific to how that VPN is configured. For Profile Owner, the notifications are specific to whether the VPN is configured for a managed profile, a personal profile or both. For a Device Owner, the notifications are specific to whether the VPN is configured for the entire device.
  • New run time permissions that have an app request permissions (such as location) when it needs to use them, rather than during install or upgrade. IT can manage and set up runtime permissions.
  • Wi-Fi configurations added by the AirWatch Agent in Work Profile mode are now automatically removed if that Work Profile is deleted.
  • Users are now prompted to download the AirWatch Agent when a Google account requires management to access via a Work Device Policy Controller (DPC) app. This also applies to accounts added via Settings > Accounts and in the initial device setup wizard.
  • Updates to specific restrictions and enrollment behaviors, including the ability to
    • Disable the camera for the Work Profile apps only, while not affecting the camera apps running on the user’s personal apps.
    • NFC bump provisioning without programmatically unlocking a factory reset protected device.
  • New power-saving optimizations for idle devices and apps include Doze and App Standby. A device enters Doze mode when it is unused for a period of time, and periodically resumes normal operations so app syncing and other pending operations can occur. App Standby allows the OS to determine that an app is idle when the user is not actively using it, disabling network access and suspending syncs for the apps deemed idle.

AirWatch customers can take advantage of Android Marshmallow as soon as the update is delivered on to their device. Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9 and Player will roll out updates next week, and various carriers and device manufacturers will distribute updates to customers over the next several weeks and months. AirWatch will continue to add support for additional capabilities made available by Google.

To learn more about AirWatch support for Android, visit air-watch.com/solutions/android/.

 

Gabrielle Ferree

Gabrielle Ferree

Gabrielle shares the latest product updates and news for the AirWatch Blog. She also leads AirWatch media relations and enjoys sharing stories that impact the enterprise mobility industry.

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    1. Gabrielle FerreeGabrielle Ferree Post author

      Hi Rich – thanks for your feedback! We still have some testing to do on the fingerprint scanner, but according to Google since those devices run Android Marshmallow, AirWatch will work just like other Nexus Marshmallow devices that already have the update.

  1. Jeff

    I have Airwatch Agent installed on my Nexus 5 phone. It was upgraded to Marshmallow last week Now the Mail notifications have stopped working. No ring tones or vibrates. I checked the Mail settings and they are correct. Is this a reported problem?

  2. Peter

    I recently upgraded my Nexus 5 to Marshmallow. The Airwatch agent was upgraded to Version 5.3.0.724 at about the same time. My Airwatch is linked to my company’s email system etc and they have access to disable the phone should it be lost, stolen or misused. I have always had the “! Network may be monitored by an unknown 3rd party” pop up from time to time.
    However, since loading Mashmallow, the warning pop-up appears on top of everything (Ie modal) and can not be dismissed or removed. I am having to power the phone down and reboot it several times a day.
    Is the problem in Air-watch or Marshmallow and what can be done to get it fixed?

  3. Joel

    You mentioned in an earlier response that you guys were still doing some testing on the fingerprint scanner for the 6P and 5X. Did that get resolved? Would love to be able to still use that on my 6P once I get it.

    1. Gabrielle FerreeGabrielle Ferree Post author

      Hi Joel – thanks for the follow up. The answer is YES! We tested and verified they work as normal. We also verified the fingerprint to unlock the device alongside a passcode policy pushed via AirWatch works fine.

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