Android in Enterprise

After asserting its dominance in the consumer mobile device arena, Android seems to be set for giving Apple a run for its money in the enterprise market. A report by Good Technology, a leader in multiplatform enterprise mobility, reveals that Android is the second most used OS in the enterprise sector. Android is a serious contender because of its portability and the low cost of development due to a global community of open source developers.

The following are some of the main advantages offered by Android:

  • One of the biggest advantages is that it is built on an open-source framework so development is robust and cost effective;
  • It challenges the monopoly of Apple because it is a part of the Open Handset Alliance, therefore most of the leading handset manufacturers offer Android phones;
  • Unlike Apple apps, most of the apps in Android store are free;
  • It allows you to multitask by simultaneously running many applications such as Facebook, audio files, etc;
  • It has an excellent notification system so you don’t miss any sms, email, or other important communique. The indicator on the home screen doesn’t let you forget about it;

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Some Issues and Concerns Related to Android

The two biggest concerns about Android are corporate data security and user management, especially in view of the popularity of corporate BYOD (bring your own device) programs.

The variety of Android devices, variations of the operating system and additional software makes the job of CIO’s quite difficult. A primary issue in this case is user management because Android does not have a built-in capability for tracking usage or catching policy violations by device users. Perhaps the biggest issue is data encryption; almost 80% of the devices being used don’t support encryption.

Data manipulation and usage is also one of the major concerns for enterprise CIO’s. Since newer versions of Android support 4G, the consumption of data is quite significant and so is its cost impact on the organization. Users often don’t realize how much data they are consuming, which significantly increases the coverage charges that have to be paid by the organization.

Despite these issues, Android is definitely here to stay and its market will continuously grow. If you are a business owner, getting your own Android app is certainly a good idea for reaching out to your target market.

OneNote Mobile for Android is now available

Back In 2011 Jan, Microsoft decided to grace us with its presence on Apple’s App store with its popular note-taking solution, OneNote. At that time, the company said that OneNote was installed on 78M PCs, so it looked like the company wanted to spread the seed a bit. This past December, Microsoft released another popular service, SkyDrive, on iOS. But the news of releasing these products for Android was no way near.

But yesterday Microsoft OneNote blog published the following:

“For all of you who’ve been asking (and patiently waiting) for a version of OneNote for your Android phones, we have great news: OneNote Mobile for Android is now available! Download it from the Android Market app store today!

Mobile versions of OneNote are currently available on Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, and now Android. Now you can use OneNote accross all your devices and have them synced without much fuss. Recently on a Microsoft Windows 7 advert OneNote was featured to show how a family can organize their shopping list from PC to Windows Phone.

Here is some screenshot and feature list mentioned in the blog post.

 

The OneNote for Android interface

 

Feature summary

OneNote Mobile for Android includes the following features:

  • Text formatting, images, and bulleted lists
  • To-do lists with clickable checkboxes
  • Quick photo capture with your phone’s camera
  • Quick access to recent notes
  • Store and access multiple OneNote notebooks
  • Sync to your free SkyDrive account for access anywhere
  • Offline access to your notes
  • Option to sync notebooks only over a Wi-Fi connection
  • Built-in spelling checker
  • Support for external hyperlinks
  • Table editing

Screenshot gallery

Here are a few examples of the OneNote Mobile for Android app in action:
OneNote for Android app screenshot     OneNote for Android app screenshot

OneNote for Android app screenshot     OneNote for Android app screenshot

Free vs. unlimited use

OneNote Mobile for Android is free to download and use for up to 500 notes. When you’ve reached this limit, you can upgrade the app for a one-time fee of US $4.99 for unlimited use.

If you choose not to upgrade to the unlimited version, you can still view, sync, and delete any of your existing notes even after you’ve reached the 500 notes limit. However, you will no longer be able to edit your notes or create new ones on your Android phone.

For unlimited use pricing outside of the United States, please visit the Android Market in your region (see below for a complete list of supported countries and markets).

 

International availability

OneNote Mobile for Android is now available in the following markets:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.