by Okhiaofe Ivharue
Although Android OS 10 and 11 bring over great features, they also pose a challenge to certain mobile device owners with regards to device ownership status of certain applications necessary for business function. This challenge can also serve as a limitation for mobile device management.
When would anyone meet this challenge?
Following Google’s security updates on Android 10 & 11, mobile applications are no longer able to access sensitive device information, like IMEI, without device owner privileges. And yet, only one application can be the device owner at a time. This has introduced serious limitations to mobile applications and their operations especially when more than one application on a device requires access to the device information — as that other applications will not be privy to that device information anymore until the initial device owner is uninstalled.
So, What if two applications in need of this device credentials need to coexist on the mobile device? What would happen to organizations whose businesses thrive on multiple applications who at different times require this device information?
Or organizations who have a Mobile device manager already as a device owner and the primary productivity App requires device info?
Do I need to purchase multiple Android devices because the apps necessary for my business functions all need device ownership privileges to perform optimally?
SmartMDM offers itself as amongst the best Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions for organizations to monitor, track and secure their mobile devices remotely. And now SmartMDM offers itself as the best solution that can service other mobile applications that are limited due to the Google security updates.
Through basis integration, SmartMDM would allow applications to reference device information. As such, applications plagued with this problem are able to coexist on a single device and execute their basic operations optimally. Hence SmartMDM saves the business from additional operational costs
SmartMDM introduces several features and device behaviour changes to better extend the transparency and control that users have over their data and the capabilities they give to apps. SmartMDM once on a device, will serve as the sole admin owner of that device, guarding the device credentials and additionally serve as a broadcaster — listening in for whenever integrated applications would need to reference device credentials (as specified by an organization’s business process). Multiple Apps can reference this device information as much as they want.
This way, multiple applications with device information needs can coexist on any mobile device running Android 10 OS or higher under the prompt supervision of SmartMDM, as the device owner and admin. Organizations can save costs as they can stick to one device for multiple services and maintain control and security of these devices. SmartMDM will play the role of enforcing device compliance — managing and deploying apps, and monitoring usage and reporting actions.
As an EMM, SmartMDM will continue to ensure the utmost security of devices and their data by preventing unauthorized devices access to critical data, services and applications. SmartMDM will enforce MDM policies, install apps, enforce PIN/password restrictions, locate devices, disable cameras, receive and send notifications when a device is misused, backup/restore/erase data, etc.
SmartMDM will provide the centralized control, unified compliance, and enhanced security any organization will need to ensure seamless and successful Android device management across board regardless of the OS version. SmartMDM help you manage an increasing number of mobile devices, with a widening array of OS and security risks. The solution will do this in a way that preserves user experience, doesn’t compromise corporate data and respects personal privacy.