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Enterprise App Best Practices for Android Available Today

  • Gabrielle Ferree By

Enterprise application developers now have an easier way to build Android mobile apps for work. New AppConfig Community enterprise app best practices to develop mobile apps for the Android operating system (OS) are available today.

[Press Release: AppConfig Community Announces Android Best Practices]

Get Best Practices for Enterprise-Ready Android Apps Now

Enterprise App Best PracticesGo to appconfig.org to get the Android developer best practices for common enterprise use cases, including:

  • App Configuration: Leveraging native Android for Work APIs, developers can auto-configure URLs, ports, email addresses and more to simplify the app setup process for end users and alleviate help desk and documentation burden caused by manual setup.
  • App Tunnel: Using per-app VPN, developers can seamlessly give users access to web services behind a corporate firewall.
  • Single Sign On: AppConfig Community specifies the best practice for an app developer to leverage open authentication standards and configurations using an EMM solution to facilitate a seamless single sign on experience.
  • Security Policies: Developers can use security policies that work across EMM vendors, including passcodes, document sharing, app backup, disable screen capture, remote app wiping and disable copy-paste.

What Is AppConfig?

AppConfig Community LogoIn case you haven’t been following along, the AppConfig Community is a group that is pushing to make it easier for:

  • Developers to build mobile apps for the enterprise, and
  • Businesses to configure, deploy and adopt mobile apps.

[Related: What Is #AppConfig?]

At Mobile World Congress 2016, VMware AirWatch and other leaders in enterprise mobility management (EMM) formed and announced the AppConfig Community. Today, more than 60 members make up the AppConfig Community, including work apps like Blue Jeans, Box, MobileDay, Salesforce, Workday and many more.

Historically, independent software developers (ISVs) must create multiple versions of their apps to be compatible with the many different EMM solutions that businesses might use to configure, deploy and manage apps. By joining AppConfig, EMM leaders are making their solutions easily accessible through OS native standards.

[Related: AppConfig Panel: We Can Do Better on Mobile App Development]

With fewer steps to take, ISVs can focus on developing enterprise apps faster with better user experiences, helping accelerate the growth of new and better enterprise apps. By developing apps according to common, OS-native standards, these ISV members also simplify setup and configuration for IT administrators.

This is the AppConfig Community’s mission. It all started with iOS mobile apps, and now by working with Google, the mission continues with a common standard for Android mobile apps.

The Rise of Android in the Enterprise

Android LogoMore than 1.4 billion people around the world are Android users. Today, Android OS accounts for more than 50% of OS market share and runs on more than 4,000 types of devices. Today’s best practices not only simplify app development, but also make it easier for IT admins to support a vast and quickly evolving mobile ecosystem.

With the introduction of Android for Work in 2015, Android also offers a robust set of features that simplify device management, app distribution and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) security for enterprise use cases. Today’s Android developer best practices help developers auto-configure apps via Android for Work. Now, all Android users have to do is launch the app, and it just works.

[Related: Watch the November Android for Work Live event on demand.]

“Android for Work gives developers a rich set of tools to create innovative business apps that balance enterprise security and a user’s privacy,” said Nick McQuire, vice president of Enterprise Research at CCS Insight. “Android for Work standards based on AppConfig Community best practices give developers the tools to create and maintain just a single version of their Android app for all EMM solutions, promoting business and user adoption of these apps.”

[Related: Read how AirWatch integrates with Android for Work.]

Visit appconfig.org today to access the Android best practices and learn how to join the AppConfig Community. Read more on the Android Developers Blog.

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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