Big news for Android at Mobile World Congress

Today was a big day for the mobile industry with some exciting announcements at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The setting couldn’t be better – a beautiful sunny day in the incredible city of Barcelona. The conference hall, set among incredible history and stunning architecture, was full of construction workers building booths and exhibitors gearing up to meet the crowd of 50,000 people expected the attend this year’s show.

The big event though was held this evening before the conference opens – and it was called “Samsung Unpacked”. It was the much anticipated launch of Samsung’s latest Android device – the Galaxy S2 – and the surprise announcement of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (as in 10.1 inches). Both products are very impressive from a consumer perspective with enhanced screen technology and dual core processors. However, it is the enterprise side of the story that is the big news.

We are excited to have been a part of this event because of the focus on business mobility – specifically Android finally being ready for ‘prime time’ in the enterprise. I know you are wondering how this is even possible with the limitations in the Android OS for management… Well, Sybase and Samsung have been collaborating to deliver much stronger device management to meet the tough security needs faced by corporate IT. Sybase Afaria® Advanced Enterprise Security (AES) for Android, provides breakthrough security and application management for Samsung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy S II devices (running Android 2.3).

During the event this evening, Dr. Raj Nathan (Sybase’s Executive VP and CMO) delivered part of the keynote presentation (which can be viewed online at www.samsungunpacked.com). During this keynote he unveiled what these product enhancements really mean to enterprises: that companies can now confidently and securely adopt Android devices.

So, how exactly can we do that? Well, there are three key ways that Afaria AES delivers the most comprehensive device management capabilities on Samsung Android devices:

  • Security management – Afaria can now enforce device encryption, perform a remote lock/wipe, provide strong password security, and deliver corporate sandbox management
  • Device management – Afaria enables over-the-air (OTA) deployments, reducing the complexity of managing devices by automating OTA deployments
  • Application management – Afaria can deliver and control the applications that run on Samsung Android devices

While these are just a couple of quick hilights, there’s much more to read on our website. For more detail, check out sybase.com/android for a technical datasheet and to watch a webcast. You can also check out samsungunpacked.com, or if you’re lucky enough to be here in Barcelona, enjoy some paella and sangria, then come visit Sybase in the Samsung booth.

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