Understanding Android Device Management Complexities
With the proliferation of mobile devices in enterprises (including Android), MDM (Mobile Device Management) platforms became widely used to secure enterprise data and infrastructure and authenticate access to enterprise resources securely. MDM slowly evolved to UEM (Unified Endpoint Management) to manage all enterprise endpoints such as Android devices, iOS devices, Windows PCs and IoT devices. Currently the most comprehensive solution for purpose use Android devices –
EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) is a culmination of Mobile Application Management and MDM, with companies benefiting from a simplified application deployment and management solution.
Android is the largest operating system used worldwide (with over 2 billion monthly users) and has made huge strides with performance and security. It is now the leading OS for special purpose form factors for industrial handhelds, RFID devices, barcode scanning, mPOS, POS systems, kiosks and digital signage. But there are still challenges faced while working on this flexible OS, let’s dive in further.
Android OS Fragmentation
Unlike iOS and Windows, update distribution is not controlled by one single entity. While Google does a stellar job of providing monthly security patches upgrading Android’s management and security features, Android OEMs and ODMs are in charge of delivering security updates to their devices, not Google. Additionally OS customization done by device makers combined with API extensions and frameworks can make it very difficult to enroll Android devices to any management solution. This can mean long delays between releases from Google and availability for the device maker hardware.
A byproduct of Google’s approach to Android and the resulting wide adoption by hardware companies is the fragmentation of the Android operating system. The wide variety of hardware, the consistent pace of Android releases, and device maker customization create complexity not only when building and maintaining applications but also for device management. Standard MDM and UEM implementations encounter significant challenges to Android device management. Here is how Esper provides the perfect solution.
Application Compatibility Issues
Often enterprise applications like POS, data capture and logistics applications are developed by third-party ISV vendors and agencies. Typically these applications are tested on the latest smartphone and tablet form factors running the latest version of Android with hardware configurations much more robust than the typical Android hardware in the field. This misses the complexity of the various Android versions with unique OEM extensions. This leads to significant pain point for hardware vendors looking to build an ISV program. You can avoid this with Esper by easily validating applications on a multitude of Android OS and hardware combinations.
Full Stack Approach
Android device and application management requires a full-stack approach. MDM platforms offering a self-service SaaS platform often lead to significant integration issues during deployment. Device management platform providers, hardware vendors and application developers need to work together to ensure that the entire configuration of hardware, application, and management solution is tested much before the actual deployment. A high touch approach during configuration and testing will lead to fewer surprises during deployment and lower support costs.
How Can Esper Help You With These Challenges?
At Esper, we offer a full-stack approach to Android device and application management. We take an application view with an emphasis on managing application deployment on actual devices. By closely working with the hardware vendor and making necessary changes in the Android OS, we abstract hardware complexities from the application developer.
Our developer tools and device emulators enables application developers to test on the target device configuration.
Why Choose Esper?
In a nutshell, Esper’s Developer Tools, the intuitive and simple management console and customer obsession during trials and deployment have made Android application and device deployment seamless for our customers. Talk to us on how we can customize our solutions to your challenges at email@example.com.