Samsung announced Samsung Enterprise Firmware Over-The-Air (E-FOTA), which enables control over the deployment of new firmware on Samsung devices. Why is it important to manage updates on mobile devices and to select which firmware is on those devices?
Samsung releases new versions of Android to devices to introduce new features and improve device performance. But new releases also introduce the possibility of mission-critical enterprise apps losing compatibility and breaking after updates, or the potential of a B2B app failing to install after a firmware update.
VMware is working together with Samsung to alleviate these IT challenges and enable greater device security and usability by integrating Samsung E-FOTA with VMware AirWatch.
Manage Updates of Samsung Devices in the AirWatch Admin Console
With E-FOTA integrated into the AirWatch console, administrators can manage and deploy their updates together with their apps and device policies.
Through AirWatch, IT administrators can choose specific firmware versions that are updated to devices. IT can opt to skip over versions that are not needed and go directly to a specific version.
For example, if a version containing a critical security patch is required, the device can go directly to that version, even if others had been released before or after it. This enables device security and allows for all applications, as well as key features, to be properly tested before devices are updated to prevent possible disruption to mobile users.
VMware is working extensively with Samsung to integrate the E-FOTA feature with the AirWatch console so IT administrators can manage updates alongside enterprise apps and policies. AirWatch integration with Samsung E-FOTA is now generally available with AirWatch 9.2.1, and more features will be available in upcoming releases.