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How Android 13’s new restrictions on alarm APIs will improve battery life

Android 13 adds a number of app-facing behavioral changes and APIs that tweak how apps can do work in the background, but not all of these changes were mentioned by Google at I/O earlier this month. For example, Android 13 places new restrictions on which…

Google I/O 2022 recap: What’s new in Android for developers and users

Google I/O 2022 just concluded earlier this week. The developer conference was Google’s biggest event of the year, and it was filled with keynotes and technical sessions containing new information on Android and Google’s other products and services. Given the importance of Google I/O to…

The Android Edge 5.13.2022

Happy Friday the 13th! In light of Google I/O 2022 and the sheer amount of content Mishaal has to dig through to find everything new, there’s no Android Dessert Bites column this week. In the meantime, you can take a look at everything new in…

Android 13 deep dive: Every change up to Beta 2, thoroughly documented

Building on the foundation laid by Android 12, described by many as the biggest Android OS update since 2014, this year’s upcoming Android 13 release refines the feature set and tweaks the user interface in subtle ways. However, it also includes many significant behavioral and…

Kiosk mode vs. kiosk software: What’s the difference?

Here’s the difference between Android Kiosk Mode vs. Kiosk Software. Plus, how to lock Android devices to kiosk mode apps for mPoS, retail kiosks and more.

Why Android app development is easier (and harder) in 2022

It’s the week of Google I/O, the company’s big conference focused around development of its consumer platforms, so we thought to take the pulse of one veteran Android app maker on how the state of design and publishing is for newcomers in 2022 and with…

The Android Edge 5.6.2022

 In this week’s newsletter: Google Assistant can change compromised passwords for you The May 2022 Android Security Bulletin Big bonuses for security bugs found in Android 13 Android 13 fights back against malicious apps The passwordless future is upon us …and more nutritious info that’s…

The ingenious product that brings eSIM to any Android phone

Conventional wisdom says that an eSIM is permanently mounted onto a device’s motherboard. After all, that’s what makes it an embedded SIM, and that’s how it’s deployed on all smartphones supporting the technology. As a result, most people think that in order to take advantage…

How to optimize Android for low RAM hardware

This episode features a spirited nerding out over how we’ve used and developed for devices with minuscule amounts of RAM. From the days of Project Svelte on Android KitKat all the way up to Android Go Edition with Oreo, we go far and wide while…

Android 13’s new sideloading restriction makes it harder for malware to abuse Accessibility APIs

Android’s Accessibility API is an incredibly powerful tool intended for developers to build apps for users with disabilities. The API lets apps read the contents of the screen and perform inputs on behalf of the user, which are essential functions for screen readers and alternative…

Android x86: How can enterprises benefit?

The downfall of Windows x86 is here. Learn how to run Android on x86 devices and the benefits of Android device management for x86 Windows devices.

The Android Edge 4.29.2022

In this week’s newsletter: All about Android 13 Beta 1 Android 14’s internal codename  Android 12 on RISC-V hardware CI/CD pipelines in Android apps …and other slices of delightfully sweet truth 🥧 In case you missed it 🍰 The Android 14 internal codename is here,…

How Android 13 could make back navigation more seamless

Google I/O 2022 is almost upon us. In a little under two weeks, Google will kick off its biggest developer conference of the year, and a big topic at the conference will be Android 13. If you haven’t been following along, Google has already released…

Challenges presented by rolling back Android app updates (and what you can do about it)

You just upgraded an Android app across your device fleet, but now it’s force closing on a handful of devices. Rolling back the app to an older version seems like the simplest solution, but Android doesn’t natively support rollbacks. What can you do?  Before we…

Convert Windows x86 PC to Android with Foundation x86

It’s been possible to run the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) on Intel x86 processors for several years, both officially and unofficially. And while various community projects have allowed hobbyists and others to install “Android” on an old laptop or desktop computer, commercial Android x86…

How Wear OS brings Android to your wrist

On this episode, we seek insight on Wear OS, formerly known as Android Wear. As with any other operating system Google has its hands in, there are some unique challenges that developers have had to deal with. Add to that the general malaise the software…

How to factory reset and remove Android devices from Esper

It’s easy to enroll and provision a device onto Esper, but what happens when you need to remove a device? Or, perhaps more importantly, a group of devices? The good news is that it’s just as simple to factory reset and remove a device from…

The Android Edge 4.22.2022

Have you read Mishaal’s Android 13 Deep Dive? Of course you have. But it’s probably time to give it another look — he totally overhauled the layout and table of contents, updated all the images, and added even more info. It’s the gift that keeps…

How Linux’s new page reclaim policy will improve Android 13’s memory management

Each Android version update comes with a boatload of changes, some more than others. The ratio of user-facing features to developer APIs in each new version varies tremendously, but most changes are actually invisible to users. Performance improvements are particularly hard to notice, even if…

How does Esper build on Android with Foundation?

On this episode, David and Mishaal chat with Esper’s very own Varun Chitre about Foundation, the Android distribution we provide to our clients for use on their fleets of various machines be it a kiosk or a walkie-talkie. We begin with the basics of why…

The Android Edge 4.15.2022

Before we jump into Android platform news, I want to take a moment to highlight our new Esper Architect platform. While this is certainly something businesses and fleet managers will be interested in, the concepts on display here are also very cool (and interesting!) broadly. …

Android 13 adds basic support for the next-gen WiFi 7 standard

There’s barely been enough time for consumers to adopt WiFi 6E, but that hasn’t stopped companies from talking about their plans for WiFi 7. WiFi 7, which is the likely marketing name for the IEEE 802.11be standard, won’t be seen in client devices until new…

What does “AOSP Android” really mean? Can you use it?

The Android Open Source Project is a completely free and open operating system developed by Google. But as you might know, AOSP isn’t actually Android — it’s missing critical components like the Google Play Store, Google Play Services, and most Google applications. What you might…

What’s new with Blueprints and Groups

We’ve long made it easy to enroll devices with Esper platform with highly customizable provisioning templates. Once you’ve created those templates, it’s time to define policy compliance. But if you’ve already defined your ideal device configuration at enrollment, why repeat the process with a separate…

What’s new with Pipelines

One of the key principles of Esper’s DevOps for Devices platform revolves around app deployment. There’s no reason to push an update to your entire fleet at one time, but you also shouldn’t need to babysit every device or group individually. That’s why Pipelines on…

Esper Architect: DevOps for Devices for every fleet, at every scale

At Esper, our customers are our most impactful educational resource. They tell us how they need to manage their device fleets, how to accelerate innovation at scale, and how to build the best tooling to enable developers and operations teams. That’s why we’re so excited…

How to make Android (AOSP) without Google

If there’s any one thing to take away from this week’s episode, it’s that you shouldn’t toy around with pushing plain AOSP and GMS on your devices. Of course, we’ve got all the reasons why. We’re pleased to be joined by Chirayu Desai, one of the…

Android 13 may make linking your phone to your PC (slightly) less painful

I’ve been a loyal Android + Windows user for over a decade, but if there’s one thing that I really envy about iOS + macOS users, it’s the software integration they enjoy. The Android + Windows experience has gotten a lot better over the years…

Kiosk security: 5 ways Esper secures your Android kiosk

One of the biggest concerns with fleet device management is security,. We’re talking about physical and digital kiosk security here — how you protect your devices in the field. Esper offers a full suite of security features to keep prying eyes away from device settings…

Android Auto deep dive: Wireless, reverse engineering, and more

On this week’s episode, we take a good, long look at Android Auto (and a sidelong glance at Android Automotive) including the technical nuts and bolts of how it works and the seemingly immovable burdens that present when Google partners with automakers. We’re joined by Emil…

Google’s patented solution to an eSIM limitation is coming to Android 13

The SIM card has been around for decades, and it’ll continue to stick around for years to come because its successor still has a ways to go before it’s universally supported by carriers. That’s why there are almost no smartphones that are eSIM-only, despite the…

How to use Secure Remote ADB to debug deployed devices safely

ADB (the Android Debug Bridge) is one of Android’s most convenient tools for testing and debugging devices, but what happens if you don’t have physical access to that device? You don’t sweat it if you’re an Esper customer, because you have Secure Remote ADB in…

The secret world of Android SafetyNet

On this week’s episode, we get caught up in the whirlwind of one of the many such cat-and-mouse games in Android development between power users and app developers which involves root access, trusted environments, security checks, and Google. What’s happened and what’s up next in…

How Google is quietly building Android 13 for smart displays

When Google released the second developer preview of Android 13 last week, they addressed something that I know many users have been wondering: will it include all the large screen improvements of Android 12L? The answer, of course, is yes. Android 13 builds upon the…

Getting started with MQTT on Android

In this post, we will learn about the MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) by creating a simple Android app that will leverage the Paho Android Service. It’s an MQTT client library written in Java and supports MQTT versions 3.1.1 and 3.1, specifically designed for developing…

Android 13 will add a setting to throttle Internet speeds

Average Internet speed varies wildly by region, so it’s important for developers to consider how their applications behave when connectivity is suboptimal. Unforeseen problems may arise when a device’s Internet connection is slow, and developers can get ahead of these issues by testing their apps…

How to build Bluetooth access into your Android app

If you’ve used a modern Android device, you’re likely already familiar with Bluetooth and how it works. But what happens when access to Android’s Bluetooth system settings is limited for security (or other) purposes?  In Esper’s case, we decided the best approach was to build…

Is it too late for Android on the desktop?

On this week’s episode, we pile in on Android’s potential convergence play with traditional (and not-so-traditional) desktop and laptop computing. Can this operating system get to a “5-in-1” paradise? We’re joined by Juan Carlos Bagnell, longtime commentator (AKA SomeGadgetGuy), and Braden Farmer, creator of the app Taskbar….

Android 13 finally makes it possible to control smart home devices without unlocking your phone

One of my favorite additions to Android in recent memory is the Quick Access Device Controls feature. This feature, first introduced in Android 11, lets you quickly view and control your smart home devices without having to open an app. With a quick tap of…

Building a more secure OS based on Android

On this week’s episode, we discuss how to overcome some of the challenges in building your own image of Android to use on any device, particularly where security is a concern. We’re excited to be joined by one of the developers behind one such project…

The past, present, and future of Android tablets

On this week’s episode, we go full Christmas Carol on the evolution of Android tablets, focusing on how Google gave them a special treatment with version 3.0 Honeycomb, then undoing all of that shortly after before finally giving them another look in the past couple…

Exploring the archived APKs powering Android’s new app archiving feature

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve only been in an Uber a little over a dozen times, and they were all during my first visit to Esper’s HQ in Bellevue a few months ago. Yet I still keep the Uber app installed on…

Android 12L deep dive: Documenting every change in Android’s update for larger screens

Google will release Android 12L for large screen devices next year. To prepare for the update, we’ve thoroughly documented every change.

What is a dedicated device?

Five years ago, the term “dedicated device” would have sounded alien to many people. But as organizations rely more heavily on technology, the term has become more widespread. And while the nomenclature itself is easy to follow, the exact definition is far more granular.  According…

Esper Career Day 2022

Building Inclusive and Empowering teams at Esper! Diversity is a crucial aspect of Esper’s culture, from leveling employee salaries in an equitable way, to ensuring employees feel a sense of belonging with equal opportunities and appreciation, to looking after each other during a global pandemic,…

Google may actually be serious about tablets this time

Android tablets have been the butt of jokes for years now, and as much as I love the platform, I can’t disagree with most of the criticisms about its tablet experience. While most critics focus on the poor selection of tablet-optimized apps in Google Play,…

Will Google’s latest attempt at fixing Android updates work?

On this week’s episode, David and Mishaal discuss the Google Requirements Freeze program with Rashed Abdel-Tawab from CIS Mobile. The GRF program could prove to be a double-edge blade for the Android ecosystem, and its implications for OS update support are significant. About the Podcast…

Android 13 adds support for controlling the brightness of the flashlight

Mobile LED flashes are practically ubiquitous in Android devices, despite there being no mandate to include them. Still, if an Android device has a rear-facing camera, there’s a very high chance that it’s accompanied by a LED flash module. The LED flash is, of course,…

How to track kiosks and digital signage with Android’s MAC address and serial number

As network topology continues to become more complex and device network behavior becomes more sophisticated, managing your Android fleet of kiosks, digital display signs, and other dedicated devices by IP address is simply not practical. Devices may connect to different wireless access points depending on…

Why you can’t update Android’s GPU drivers like on your PC

If you’re a PC gamer, then you’re probably on top of keeping your GPU drivers updated, whether you have an AMD or NVIDIA GPU. Updating your graphics drivers can bring better performance and improved compatibility with new games, so there’s no real reason not to…

What is DevOps?

DevOps is a set of shared practices and tech that helps devs, ops, and customer teams balance speed and quality.

Enterprise digital transformation: Research shows Android dominates

Digital transformation accelerated in a big way over the past few years. Still, there is a gap in the data on how enterprises have enabled this transformation with their dedicated device strategies. So we at Esper commissioned 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence,…

Google tweaks plans for updatable NNAPI drivers in Android 13

Google wanted to ship updates to NNAPI drivers in Android 12. The company planned to ship driver updates through GMSCore, also known as Google Play Services. Those plans were delayed until Android 13, and it is currently not clear when updatable drivers will first start…

Is the Android on x86 moment finally here?

Many have tried to find viable paths for the Android platform on traditional x86 architectures. Still, consumer and business use cases have remained limited to form factors like televisions and cars to date. In 2022, though, Android’s x86 “moment” feels poised to arrive – and…

How to boot Linux in a VM on the Pixel 6

If you keep up with tech news, then I’m sure you’ve already seen the dozen or so headlines about a developer by the name of Danny Lin (@kdrag0n on Twitter) booting Windows 11 on a Pixel 6. The Pixel 6 isn’t the first Android phone…

The hidden world of Android permissions (w/ Ilya and João Dias)

On this week’s Android Bytes, we’re diving deep into the obscure world of Android permissions with Ilya and João Dias (Tasker), two experts on the Android permission architecture and the many changes it’s undergone over the years. About the Podcast Android Bytes (powered by Esper)…

How to build Android consumer electronics, part three

In the first two installments of our series on building excellent Android consumer electronics, we talked about why Android is a good choice for CE projects and how Esper can help you get there, so in the final (and shortest) installment, we’re on cleanup duty!…

Android 13 requires hardware support for mobile driver’s licenses for some new devices

Governments around the world are exploring the use of digital ID as a valid form of identity. One form of digital ID, the mobile driver’s license (mDL), is gaining traction in at least 30 U.S. states, according to the Secure Technology Alliance. Mobile driver’s licenses…

Android 13: First look and reactions (w/ João Dias)

On a very special Android 13 bonus episode of Android Bytes, David and Mishaal are joined by João Dias of Tasker, the world’s most popular Android power user application. We dive into Android 13’s new APIs, features, and hidden nuggets that are actively being uncovered…

Google is making Fast Pair more open to OEMs in Android 13

The traditional pairing and onboarding process for new Bluetooth devices is cumbersome and prone to issues, which is why Google introduced Fast Pair in late 2017. Fast Pair, which is short for Google Fast Pair Service (GFPS), is Google’s proprietary standard for the first time…

GMS vs. Non-GMS for Android devices

When it comes to Android, not all versions of the operating system are the same — far from it, in fact. One of the defining differences is the way in which the OS is built: does it use Google Mobile Services (GMS) or is it…

Esper is one of G2’s Best Software picks for 2022

Customer obsession is at the heart of everything we do at Esper. That is why it is such an honor to be recognized by one of the software world’s most influential and respected sources of trusted advice, G2. Esper was ranked #13 out of 50…

How Android “listens” to you with ultra low power sensors (w/ Kieron Quinn)

Ever wondered how Android can just listen and identify a song at any time? Or how your phone can tell you’ve been in a car crash? Using an obscure Android resource that interacts with ultra low power sensors, Google has created powerful always-on integrations. But…

The Android launcher is much more powerful than you think (w/ Kevin Barry, Nova Launcher)

On this episode, we chat with one of Android’s most well-known and longest-standing launcher developers, Kevin Barry. Kevin is known for his massively popular app Nova Launcher, but he’s an all around expert on all things Android interface and homescreen, and we break down some…

The Android sensor hub powering Google’s car crash detection

With the sheer number of new smartphones launching each year, it’s difficult for any single product launch to really up the ante. Hardware improvements are often incremental, because there’s just not enough lead time to engineer something truly groundbreaking when you have to launch a…

How to replace your Android MDM with Android DevOps

If you’re going to take one thing away from a discussion about DevOps and Android, I hope it’s this: Your Android MDM is the only reason updating your device fleet is any more difficult than updating your smartphone. With a vibrant hardware and software ecosystem,…

Google’s latest attempt at speeding up Android updates is a double-edged sword

Every year, millions of people discard perfectly good smartphones when they upgrade to a new model. Sure, there are ways to repurpose old phones rather than discard them, and there are also ways to recycle them rather than throw them away. But not everyone has…

How to build Android consumer electronics, part two

Android is an awesome OS to build custom consumer experiences on dedicated hardware. The rich, consistent, and well understood UI combined with tens of millions of developers is very stark compared to Linux. Yet the Android OS is weighted towards the massive smartphone market, leaving…

The Android 13 teaser episode

On this bonus episode of Android Bytes, David and Mishaal discuss some of the upcoming features in the Android 13 platform. Yes, the one that isn’t announced yet. About the Podcast Android Bytes (powered by Esper) A weekly show that dives deep into the Android…

Esper Release Notes — DevRel 76

Esper DevRel 76 is here with important updates. We’ve added a command to push the Google Play account after provisioning and have improved custom reports. You can find the complete breakdown of what’s new below. Added a command to push a managed Google Play account…

Android is ready for mobile driver’s licenses, so what’s the holdup?

I’ve always had the thought, “wouldn’t it be convenient if I didn’t have to carry my wallet everywhere I go?” I’d love to go out with absolutely nothing in my pockets, but that isn’t really feasible. I always carry my phone with me because it’s…

Android on TVs without Android TV (w/ Janko Roettgers and Nolen Johnson)

This week, we talk about Google’s plans for the Android TV platform amidst a larger push for its new Google TV product to TV and set top box manufacturers. We’re joined by Janko Roettgers (Protocol) and Nolen Johnson (Lineage OS) to break down just what…

How to build Android consumer electronics, part one

The consumer electronics industry is rapidly evolving, and injecting computing and cloud technologies into the customer experience is now table stakes. Historically, these devices have been enabled by various embedded systems, and are certainly fleet-like in nature. I have a natural affinity for them, starting…

Android Automotive (w/ Al Sutton and Juhani Lehtimäki)

This week, we’re talking about cars that run Android (Android Automotive, specifically). David and Mishaal are joined by Al Sutton and Juhani Lehtimäki, executives at Snapp Automotive, to discuss Google’s still quite mysterious car OS, and just what it takes to build a car that runs…

How Google patched Android (twice) in response to the Sonos patent dispute

Last week, the ITC (International Trade Commission) ruled in favor of Sonos as part of an ongoing patent dispute with Google related to the Google Cast protocol’s multi-speaker control. I’ve researched how Google is modifying behavior in Android to work around this issue, and what…

What’s old is new again

AOSP, like Chromium OS, is an open source operating system, but Google isn’t nearly as open with its ongoing development as they are with Chromium. Instead, most of the source code for the next version of Android is held from the public until Google is…

How Android can help you avoid the Linux trap

When you start answering the question “build or buy?” about your device’s operating system, the next question is, of course, “Build what?” Linux can be an alluring option for an endless number of device use cases in business and enterprise, given the availability of well-supported…

The Android Security Patch Conundrum

Google has rolled out a monthly security update for its Pixel phones at the beginning of each month for the last several years. The January 2022 update for Pixel phones started rolling out on Tuesday, but Google’s latest Pixel phones — the Pixel 6 and…

Fun with GSIs: A retrospective on Project Treble’s impact on custom ROMs

In last week’s edition of Android Dessert Bites, I talked about how Google plans to standardize virtualization on Android in order to combat fragmentation. Fragmentation is a term you’ll see a lot in this column, but when I use it, it’ll usually be when I’m…

Applying DevOps Observability to Fleet Management

Deploying and maintaining software across thousands of devices is challenging. Endless hardware factors and situational realities could cause outages, bugs, and reliability issues. And as rapid release cycles become more commonplace, fleet operators must continually address the repercussions of new updates. To help mitigate software…

Esper and log4j: What you need to know

Last week, a critical zero day vulnerability in the Apache log4j utility was published. The exploit, known as log4shell, allows arbitrary code execution on affected systems — many of which include servers that are part of the internet’s larger infrastructure and core services. At this…

How Google will use virtualization in Android 13

Ah, fragmentation: a word that has tainted the Android platform since its inception. The way Google architected and licensed Android was designed to promote early adoption by OEMs, but those early design choices led to years of accrued technical debt that require major technical undertakings…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 73

DevRel 73 is here with several important updates. Along with improvements to the Console tag history function, we have added the ability to push alerts to AWS SNS topics. We’ve also enhanced the device bootup experience. You can find the complete breakdown of what’s new…

Apps aren’t enough: Your restaurant needs self-ordering kiosks

Self-ordering kiosks are more important than ever in modern restaurants. If you’re not utilizing them, it’s time to start thinking about it — it might be easier than you might realize to integrate kiosks into your existing system.

The biggest week for Android 12 since Android 12

Google may have released Android 12 to the public over two months ago, but it was clear that there was still a lot of work to be done following the update rollout for Pixel phones. Android 12 is no doubt Google’s most ambitious update to…

Should you use Managed Google Play?

You’ve probably heard of the Google Play Store, but what about Managed Google Play? If you’re interested in deploying private enterprise apps or controlling what apps can be downloaded on an Android smartphone, Managed Google Play is a straightforward — though limited — way to…

Introducing The Android Edge newsletter

So, here’s the thing: Esper cares about Android. Not just our version of Android, but the ecosystem at large. What happens to Android also affects us, and oftentimes nuances in the operating system mean changes on our end, too. And that’s why today, I’m excited…

The long road to 64-bit only Android

Back in 2017, Apple ended support for 32-bit applications with iOS 10.3.2, dropping compatibility with old, unmaintained apps from the dawn of the smartphone. It took the company just four years to transition iOS from 32-bit to 64-bit only software, a remarkably quick turnaround made…

Esper release notes: DevRel 72

DevRel 72 is here, and we’re improving the reporting performance of the Esper Console, enhancing Wi-Fi SSID detection, and giving you more control over device lock screens in your fleet. Here’s what’s new. Generate reports in the background Generating reports can be a time-consuming process,…

Take control of your Android phone (or TV) with these tips

Welcome to the second edition of my Android Dessert Bites column, and thanks to everyone who signed up for The Android Edge newsletter! We hope you stick around, because things are just starting to get interesting again in the world of Android. We have a lot of…

Esper Pay practices support DEIB initiatives

In the words of the Wu-Tang Clan, “Cash rules everything around me!” So, let’s talk about money! Here at Esper, we are continually evolving how we take care of our employees’ total rewards, which encompasses salaries, benefits, and perks. Last August, we implemented our first…

The many developer tools of Esper: A tour

We talk a lot about DevOps for Android at Esper. But without deep dev tools, that vision is but a vapor. More fundamentally, managing massive fleets requires a code-driven approach. And while an important component, a system centered around a web-based console doesn’t cut it…

Random musings on a trio of bugs and regressions in Android 12

Thanks for signing up for The Android Edge newsletter, and welcome to the first edition of my new column, Android Dessert Bites. I’ve been looking for the perfect outlet to share the Android news I care about the most each week, and a weekly newsletter ticked…

BusRight chooses Esper to bring yellow bus logistics out of the digital dark ages

The nation’s most extensive mass transportation system is often taken for granted, but with 26,000,000 kids riding to and from school each day, the school bus industry is both the largest and arguably the most essential transit system in operation today. And BusRight’s founder and…

Esper Release Notes — DevRel 71

In DevRel 71, our main focus was on adding more to Esper settings and improving the look and feel of the app icons on devices. Along with these, we also focused on code improvements. Here is a list of what’s new: Ability to hide or…

Android 12 ultimate compatibility guide — all the changes for enterprise and device makers

The Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) for Android 12 is over 140 pages long, but we’ve broken down every change – both major and minor – from the Android 11 CDD.

Android 12L unveiled: The feature update for foldables and tablets

Shortly after releasing Android 12, Google has announced Android 12L, a feature update for tablets and foldables. Here’s what’s new.

Here’s how the Lenovo K10 will transform your business

Shopping for a capable, affordable tablet when you’re a consumer is hard enough, but when you’re a business, that challenge gets cranked up to 11. Frequently, we see teams in a sticky situation when choosing a dedicated device for their fleet: Either accept a poor…

Five changes in Android 12 dedicated device fleets need to prepare for

The stable version of Android 12 is available now. Staying true to the personalization experience that Android has always offered — allowing you to choose the right device and service — Android 12 comes with a major UI transformation. Along with the major interface changes,…

Why Android is the Goldilocks standard for dedicated device fleets

When choosing a platform to deploy, manage, and support your fleet of edge devices, you have a lot of factors to consider. But we all know that cost, ease of use, security, and scalability are among the top-level concerns for any organization serious about dedicated…

Samsung Knox Mobile Enrollment- A Method to Provision Devices on Esper

Samsung Knox Mobile Enrollment was originally created to address Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) use cases for IT departments. It does a fine job at it, but it does beg the question: is it useful for companies running Samsung-based dedicated device fleets? ICYMI Samsung Knox…

Esper Release Notes — DevRel 69

In DevRel 69, usability and code improvements were the main focus. Along with the code improvements, we have added sorting capability and additional functionalities. Here is a list of what’s new: Ability to switch between Kiosk mode and Multi-App mode at the group level Ability…

All About Google Zero-touch Enrollment on Esper

There are many reasons Esper stands out from the crowd of device management platforms. One of the differentiators we’re most proud of is how easy it is to enroll devices onto our platform through the several provisioning methods we support. Along with supporting traditional provisioning…

Don’t blame COVID: Your restaurant still needs a digital transformation plan

Digital transformation is accelerating in restaurants around the world. Android fleets are a powerful way to capitalize on that advantage — if you have the right tools.

Esper’s Series C Round: Doubling Down on DevOps for Devices

I am excited to share that Esper has closed a $60M Series C funding round, led by Insight Partners and joined by past investors including Scale Venture Partners, Madrona Ventures, Root Ventures and Ubiquity Ventures. We thank all of our investors for their ongoing belief…

What your MDM doesn’t want you to know about switching to Esper (hint: it’s easy!)

Many teams feel stuck with their existing Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution and do their best to make it work — customizing and replacing the cloud infrastructure with a more robust back-end. This process is expensive and time-consuming.  If your existing MDM workflow doesn’t involve…

A Tour of the Many Android Provisioning Options Available on Esper

Behind Android’s power can be complexity, but also flexibility. A great example – the process of provisioning Android-based devices onto the Esper platform. Enrollment puts the devices in a state where Esper can manage them. There are many ways to enroll Android devices, but a…

Seven questions your MDM doesn’t want you to ask

Do you have an Android MDM — or are you thinking about working with one? Don’t get your business stuck in one of these hidden pitfalls.

Esper teams up with Siyata Mobile to scale deployment of mission-critical device fleets for frontline workers

Esper and Siyata Mobile announce partnership to bring Esper’s DevOps for Devices platform to rugged mobile devices for first responders.

Spire Health scales remote patient monitoring with Esper’s cloud API

The pandemic served as a major catalyst for the shift toward in-home patient care, but the need was already there. In fact, in-home care is strongly associated with better patient outcomes. According to a 5-year study, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and short turnaround readmissions are…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 67

In DevRel 67, we have changed the Esper settings and Templates and improved the App section on the Console. Here is a list of what’s new: Extended Bluetooth support in the Device’s Esper setting app Ability to add a large number of IMEI/serial numbers to…

5G and the Opportunity for Dedicated Device Fleets

Authored by Vikram Kapoor and Radha Kiwalkar According to the Cisco Annual Internet Report– 5G connections appeared in 2019 and will grow over 100-fold to 1.4 billion by 2023. 5G connectivity is evolving into a strong contender for mobile connectivity leaders, driven by the growth…

Seamless Provisioning on Esper

Part of what makes Esper one of the easiest device management platforms to use is our simple and convenient provisioning methods. While we support the traditional GMS based provisioning methods like Android for Work and 6-Tap QR code, we also have our own way to…

Esper powers a full cycle connected fitness program in 6 months

The fitness industry fundamentally changed a year ago when gyms closed and kicked off the connected fitness revolution — and these changes are here to stay. According to a recent survey, 9 out of 10 adults who regularly exercise will continue to workout at home,…

How Esper Leverages DevOps Best Practices for Device Management

Traditional EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) vendors push releases using a waterfall release model, resulting in infrequent releases to customers. That’s a long time to wait for new features and updates, especially when you have devices in the field that both you and your customers depend…

Building Pipelines on the Esper Console

Chances are, you have a rapidly iterating application, and it’s updated frequently as your team builds new features for your customers. To scale constant, agile innovation, ​​you need a defined static method for rolling out new application versions to your large and potentially varied device…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 65

With improvements to the Console’s Content Management and Alerts section, faster Google app updates, and a new feature for selecting device language, Esper releases DevRel 65. Here’s what’s new: Added device language setting for a template Added new screen time-out options Faster update of Google…

Ordermark Achieves Shorter Downtime and Improved Customer Service with Esper’s Device Management Solution

In 2020, the restaurant industry finished $240 billion below their pre-pandemic estimated sales, according to Forbes. With no indoor dining, even restaurants that had previously resisted going digital were forced to pivot and begin relying on online ordering to keep their doors open. Driving revenue…

Esper Pipelines: Building a DevOps Culture

In our previous blog, What is Android DevOps? How does it work? We looked at how DevOps is a combination of deployment and operations, including a scalable mobile infrastructure and automation features. This blog will dig deeper into the ins and outs of what are…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 63

In DevRel 63, we have enhanced our features and settings – remotely resetting lock screen password and factory reset along with several UI improvements in the Apps and Geofence section of the Console. These UI improvements will refine the user experience further. Here is a…

Esper Achieves Certification for Information Security

We’re proud to share that Esper is now ISO/IEC 27001 certified  — representing an essential validation in our commitment to protecting our customers. This successful audit and certification are globally recognized for comprehensive IT management and substantiate the security of our organization from end to…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 62

In DevRel 62, we have made improvements in identifying different devices while provisioning and enhanced Content management. We’ve made some additions to the Template and Compliance Policy and added a few more features. Here is a list of what’s new: Support for provisioning the devices…

Why Android is THE Operating System for Intelligent Edge Devices

Today’s organizations must innovate on connected, remote digital products. Edge devices are a necessity for brands to offer new customer experiences, streamline operations and prepare for the post COVID world. But, traditional approaches to edge development and operations can result in sluggish innovation.  Eighty-two percent…

Esper Delivers New Retail Kiosk Program in Weeks

Consumers are getting more sophisticated and want to be delighted as part of their retail experience. They expect it. Retail has changed dramatically, especially since COVID-19, often for the better. Retailers are constantly evaluating new in-store, online, and self-serve options that keep customers returning. They…

Managed Configurations via Code – A Fresh Approach Bridging GMS and AOSP

Esper is unique in the way we support AOSP (Android Open Source Project) devices. While GMS (Google Mobile Services) devices have access to Managed Google Play and can install approved Play Store apps like Chrome and apply a managed configuration to them, this isn’t available…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 61

In DevRel 61, we will be rolling out an exciting new Pipeline UI and functionality. We have made updates to Esper Settings, Custom Reports, and some other features, along with bug fixing and improvements. Here is a quick list of what’s released: New Pipeline UI…

Esper and Teach For India’s partnerships bridge the digital divide for over 10,000 students

Every day you hear stories of how COVID-19 impacted someone’s life. Take education. It has seen a tremendous shift towards digitization due to in-classroom restrictions. Unable to attend school, educators adapted student curriculums to remote learning models. Access to online classes and the day-to-day educational…

How to Create a Highly-Secure Retail Device Environment

Customer’s retail behaviors have evolved rapidly since the beginning of 2020 – McKinsey described this forward leap as “a decade [of change] in days.” As a result, retailers have had to drive mobile transformation at lightning speed, rapidly adopting Android edge devices for mission-critical use…

Esper and Boundary Devices Offer Turnkey Kiosk and Digital Signage Solutions

We’re excited to announce our partnership with Boundary Devices LLC to offer a connected smart platform for Boundary Device’s offerings of Android edge devices.  As the leading designer and manufacturer of single-board computers and modules for the general embedded Internet of Things (IoT) market, Boundary…

Esper Announces $30 Million in Series B Funding to Fuel Device DevOps Innovation

Today, we’re excited to announce our $30 million Series B funding led by Scale Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors, Madrona Venture Group, Root Ventures, Ubiquity Ventures, and Haystack. This brings Esper’s total funding to $40.6 million. Digital transformation is accelerating the adoption of…

Why Esper is THE Platform for Android DevOps

Behind every digital customer experience is an infrastructure. Brands who successfully compete on digital transformation invest in an operating environment that supports faster, iterative innovation, per Deloitte. A mature DevOps infrastructure enables brands to be agile and resilient, even during times of rapidly changing customer…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 55

DevRel 55 is a minor release with bug fixes to improve the existing functionalities. We have made updates to the Wi-Fi access point, time zone settings, and some other features. Here is a quick list of what’s released: Automatically set time zone based on the…

Why DevOps for Android Edge Devices

The unprecedented events of the past year have accelerated a shift to mobile-first customer behavior and a subscription-based economy. Android mobile devices are more than standalone products in the age of recurring revenue. In today’s world, Android devices are a vehicle for organizations to deliver…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 54

DevRel 54 includes improvements to our software and updates to the Device Provisioner Tool, Event Feed, Display Settings for the device, and Esper Agent. We have stabilized the Remote Viewer and added new EAP methods for the Wi-Fi Access Point. Here’s a quick look at…

Plans to Add AOSP Devices to Your Fleet? Esper’s Got Your Back

At Esper, AOSP devices are some of our favorite devices to work with. We’ve previously talked about choosing between GMS and non-GMS devices for your dedicated Android device. When we say AOSP, we mean devices that do not come with Google Mobile Services (GMS) and…

Rugged Android Devices vs. Consumer Android: What’s the Difference?

Many people assume rugged Android devices are built for ultra-tough conditions, like energy, public safety, or manufacturing. The term “ruggedized” may even carry mental associations of ultra-rugged handheld computers with limited functionality beyond warehouse scanning or data capture. While handheld mobile scanners and ultra-tough tablets…

Introducing the Esper API Support Tool (EAST)

TLDR: The Esper API Support Tool (EAST) provides easy access to advanced functionality built on Esper Cloud APIs. Read on to find out how you can use EAST to do things like obtain device information from specific groups or devices, modify device aliases and tags…

How to do Advanced Android Configuration for Provisioning with Esper’s JSON Settings

Authored by Dale Riechert and Nikhil Punathil TLDR: If you’re looking for even more advanced Android configurability than available in Esper’s standard Provisioning Template options, we’ve got you covered. You can with our easily customizable JSON Settings. This blog will tell you how. When using…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 53

DevRel 53 includes updates and improvements to Esper’s administrator experience by integrating managed configuration through the Console. The user can now push messages to devices via the Console. Here’s a quick look at what’s new: Support for managed configurations through the Console Ability to push…

7 Myths About Custom Android Devices: Commercial vs. Purpose-Built Android

As you define the requirements for a commercial, single-use (COSU) Android deployment, it can be challenging to select the right hardware. There’s no shortage of options, including the choice to build or buy your devices – or, choosing between commercial vs. custom Android hardware.  Building…

How to Create a Responsive Roadmap for Android DevOps

Traditional product roadmaps are a list of planned features, designed to keep development teams accountable to executives. While roadmaps are a wonderful theory, these tools yield mixed results. Feature roadmaps fail 90% of the time, according to Marty Cagan, since they quickly become rigid and…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 52

Esper’s DevRel 52 release includes new updates and improvements to Esper’s Android admin experience via the Dashboard, Remote Control, QR codes, and more.

How Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) Updates Work on Android

In today’s rapidly changing technology landscape, operating system updates have become an essential part of keeping your smart devices secure and up to date. Regular updates to both the feature set as well as the security implementation are how a modern operating system can stay…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 50

DevRel 50 includes significant updates and improvements to Esper’s security and customer experience. This release includes an update to the Esper device provisioner, new password security lockout procedures for Esper users, and new configurations available through Esper’s provisioning templates. Here’s a quick look at what’s…

The DroidDevCast Year End Recap

On this episode of The DroidDevCast podcast, Esper Platform Evangelist Rin Oliver was joined by Esper COO Shiv Sundar, Esper CEO Yadhu Gopalan, Esper VP of Customer Success Chris Stirrat, Esper Director of Cybersecurity Jasmine Henry, and Esper VP of Technical Sales Keith Szot. Together,…

Introducing the Esper Device Provisioner Tool V4

Provisioner Tool v4 is here 🎉 A key mission for Esper is to help companies creating custom-built Android devices for specialized use cases. These devices can’t use the Android Enterprise infrastructure provided by Google for enrollment into device management systems such as Esper. So we…

Android TV for Fleets

Interactive digital signage is becoming essential in retail environments thanks to COVID and the need for social distancing.  Digital Signage makes it possible for companies to reduce contact between employees and customers — allowing for less exposure risk. Plus, with the right software, Android-based technologies…

An Introduction to Blazor: A C# Based Client-Side Web App Framework

On this episode of The DroidDevCast podcast, Esper Platform Evangelist Rin Oliver spoke with Deployed Principal Software Developer and Manning Publications author of Blazor in Action Chris Sainty to learn more about Blazor, a C# based front-end framework from Microsoft. Blazor blends HTML markup and…

Using the Esper Python SDK to Automate Device Tagging

Device tags and friendly names are useful to add to your devices for more effective  fleet management. You can search by tags and names, and more importantly you can execute actions on the devices using tags and friendly names through our API and Python SDK….

Omnichannel and Contactless Payment Solutions with WorldNet Payments

On this episode of The DroidDevCast podcast, Esper Platform Evangelist Rin Oliver spoke with Conn Byrne, Senior Vice President of Sales, North America and Europe at Worldnet Payments. Throughout the conversation, they touched on WorldNet’s history in the payments industry, the evolution of contactless payment…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 49

DevRel 49 is focused on expanding the features and capability of Esper’s user-friendly cloud console for Android. Our Android DevOps team added improved views and command capabilities, further streamlined the end user experience, and added new data to the Devices & Groups section.

Ordermark CEO Alex Canter: Ghost Kitchens and the Evolution of the Restaurant Industry

On this episode of The DroidDevCast podcast, Esper Platform Evangelist Rin Oliver sat down with Alex Canter, CEO at Ordermark, and Esper COO Shiv Sundar to discuss the evolution of the restaurant industry, ghost kitchens, and the importance of bringing new technology and logistics into…

Technology Startup Observations with Adam Schoenfeld

On this episode of The DroidDevCast podcast, Esper Platform Evangelist Rin Oliver sat down with Adam Schoenfeld, VP of Strategy at Drift. Adam is well known for his role as the Co-Founder & CEO of the B2B Marketing startup Siftrock, a bootstrapped email and marketing…

The Evolution of Kiosk-Based Android Solutions for Today’s Marketplace

On this episode of The DroidDevCast podcast, Esper Platform Evangelist Rin Oliver spoke with POSBANK Senior Global Project Manager Steve Kwon to discuss Android-based kiosk solutions, the evolution of contactless payment solutions and kiosks during the Covid-19 pandemic, and touched on Esper and POSBANK’s partnership…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 48

Esper’s latest release is about giving our customers greater control and efficiency. It includes new end user setting controls, more streamlined Android provisioning, and improved access to contextual help in the flow of work:

DataXoom Founder & CEO Chris Hill on Mobile-First Enterprise Solutions

On this episode of The DroidDevCast podcast, Esper Platform Evangelist Rin Oliver spoke with DataXoom founder & CEO Chris Hill on mobile-first enterprise solutions, the finer details of 5G in the enterprise, and attempted to cut through the fog of what 5G will and won’t…

Continuous Observability and DevSecOps with JupiterOne

In this episode of The DroidDevCast, Esper Platform Evangelist Rin Oliver spoke with Tyler Shields, CMO of JupiterOne, and Esper Director of Cybersecurity Jasmine Henry to learn more about continuous observability, continuous enforcement, and what DevSecOps looks like in today’s enterprise.

Exploring Technology in the Public Sector with Siyata Mobile, Inc.

The DroidDevCast is a weekly podcast brought to you by the team at Esper, where we explore all things Android, DevOps, and open source software development. In this episode, Esper Platform Evangelist Rin Oliver spoke with Siyata Mobile, Inc. VP of Sales Jason DePue to…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 47

Esper customers have more control over total device health with the DevRel 47 release. We’ve expanded custom device settings further and added our Android Content Management API as a console GUI feature.

Customer Obsession and Why it Matters

The DroidDevCast is a weekly podcast brought to you by the team at Esper, where we explore all things Android, mobile DevOps, and open source software development. On this episode, Esper Platform Evangelist Rin Oliver spoke with Esper Vice President of Customer Success Chris Stirrat…

A Look Inside the Esper Device Lab

The DroidDevCast is a weekly podcast brought to you by the team at Esper, where we explore all things Android, mobile DevOps, and open source software development. On this episode, Esper Platform Evangelist and podcast host Rin Oliver sat down with Esper Vice President of…

Android Telehealth in the Time of COVID-19

Esper Platform Evangelist and podcast host Rin Oliver is joined by Shawn Withrow, a Business Analyst at Common Spirit who works with Cerner ProVision Document Imaging (CPDI) to discuss Android telehealth.

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 46

With Esper’s DevRel 46, you can change provisioned Android device wallpaper and further configure which device settings you expose to end users.

Best Practices for Purpose Built Devices

The DroidDevCast is a weekly podcast brought to you by the team at Esper, where we explore all things Android, mobile DevOps, and open source software development. On this episode, Esper Content Marketing Manager and podcast host Rin Oliver is joined by Esper COO and Co-Founder Shiv Sundar to discuss best practices business owners and decision makers need to consider when shopping for purpose built Android devices.

Reflections from DevOps Professionals on National Coming Out Day

Rin Oliver is joined by Buzzfeed Staff Software Engineer Liz Frost, Sysdig Chief Open Source Officer Kris Nova, Zillow Engineering Manager Joe Engel, and Esper Enterprise Account Executive Oscar Leon to discuss National Coming Out Day

An Evaluation of Android SBC Maturity, Specs & Performance

A Single-Board Computer has all the same parts as a computer – including a microprocessor, memory, and IO. When  the Android operating system (OS) is combined with the compact, single-circuit board design, it can be a powerful piece of hardware for multimedia display, kiosks, or…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 45

The Esper DevRel 45 release is a small-but-mighty set of changes. Our DevOps team has delivered all-new API capabilities to give Android developers more programmatic power than ever. Here’s a quick look at what’s new in DevRel 45 API for Content Management Exposed Reboot APIs…

What are the Benefits of a Custom Android OS?

Most Android devices — Android phones, tablets, laptops — are sold with a stock version of the open-source operating system (OS). No matter where you get the devices from — Samsung, Xiaomi, Lenovo — they come with a stock version of Android OS. After booting…

The DroidDev Cast: Why Accessible Design is Universal

The DroidDev Cast host Rin Oliver interviews Soren Hamby, A11y Project Maintainer, about why accessible design matters and how to get started.

Ebook download: 5 defining restaurant modernization trends

The restaurant industry is riding a wave of digital transformation, evolving in response to consumer preferences with customer apps, self-service kiosks, and tabletop tablets that has been largely accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s restaurant guests still seek quality food and friendly wait staff, but…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 44

The Esper DevRel 44 release introduces many new features such as Nested Groups, Pipelines, a Learning Center to explore how to get started with Esper, and many more changes and improvements. Here’s a quick look at what’s new in DevRel 44: Nested Groups for Devices…

What is Rapid Prototyping?

The DroidDevCast is a new podcast brought to you by the team at Esper, exploring all things Android, mobile DevOps, and open source software development. On our third episode, Esper Content Marketing Manager and podcast host Rin Oliver is joined by Upbound Senior Software Engineer…

Extreme Testing with Karthik Gaekwad

Episode #2 of The DroidDevCast Series  Shifting to DevOps means new approaches to development, operations, and testing. To paraphrase Larry Smith, DevOps teams must test early, test often, and test like they mean business. This where the practice of adopting extreme testing methodology can be extremely…

How to Lock Android Tablets to Kiosk Mode

Kiosks launchers are generally a mechanism for customers to access self-service information or transactions. Kiosk technologies may run on Android, iOS, or Windows operating systems (OS), and offer either a single application or multiple applications for users. You can convert android tablets into secure employee…

A Look Inside Esper with Yadhu Gopalan

The DroidDevCast is a new podcast brought to you by the team at Esper, where we’ll explore all things Android, mobile DevOps, and open source software development. On our first episode, Esper Content Marketing Manager and de facto podcast host Rin Oliver is joined by…

How to Use Namespaces for Advanced Android Configuration

Today, we would like to introduce a feature that we call Custom Configuration. With Custom Config, Esper customers can more effectively finetune Android devices in every way possible. A custom config uses JSON to define changes or actions. These are categorized into sections we like…

3 Ways Android Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) & Value Added Resellers (VARs) Can Build Trust

Consumer adoption of the latest self-serve technologies – such as Android kiosks, interactive digital signage, and contactless payments- has accelerated rapidly during the pandemic. Your customers are scrambling to offer more self-service and contactless options to their employees and customers in compliance with the new…

15 Release Train Principles for Android DevOps

“DevOps is a dynamic practice that spans people and culture, technologies, and processes. DevOps isn’t dogma. This means Android DevOps teams have the freedom to pull practices and working methods from complementary disciplines.

Esper’s Android DevOps team uses Release Trains to enhance our release management process, which is a concept that was born within the Agile methodology. According to Scaled Agile Framework, “the Agile Release Train (ART) is a long-lived team of Agile teams, which develops, delivers, and operates, one or more solutions in a value stream.”

Adapting to Android 11 – a Look at Android ‘R’

6 Tips to Migrate Enterprise Apps to Android 11 With Google gearing towards the stable and final release of Android 11 by the end of the third quarter of 2020, I’m sure a lot of Android developers are looking to adapt their applications to support…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 43

DevRel 43 is about a significant revamp to improve the design and usability of the Esper Provisioning Template. Other improvements include new support for Broadcast Intent, Wi-Fi signal strength graphs, and more. Here’s a quick look at what’s new in DevRel 43: Provisioning Template Revamp…

3 lessons from a crash course in remote DevOps management

In the era of COVID-19, work from home has become the new normal. Around the world, we have seen IT companies transition to remote working environments for their staff. Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle, Paypal, Salesforce and Infosys (India) have extended their work from home guidance…

4 Lessons From the Senior HR Manager of a Hyper-Growth Startup

The early stages of a company are the best time to consider a career shift. When you join a hyper-growth startup that’s actively growing, like Esper, you have access to many different opportunities. You’ll have chances to try different positions and find the department that…

6 Android Alerts You Should Set Up in Your MDM

Why Custom Android Device Alerts Matter Manyara’s job involves a lot of business travel, so she’s no stranger to airport ticketing kiosks. After arriving at the airport for a 6am flight cross-country, Manyara walks up to her airline’s kiosk to scan the barcode in her…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 42

DevRel 42 has arrived. This latest batch of improvements gives Esper customers more granular control over non-launchable apps, preloaded app packages, and more. Here’s a quick look at what’s new in DevRel 42: Support for Non-launchable Apps Wi-Fi Credential Support for Android 10 Disable Preloaded…

3 Lessons on Building Globally Inclusive Teams from a Woman in Tech

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” Sheryl Sandberg Diversity and innovation is the new-age tech culture. It is widely accepted and proved that diverse leadership and teams tend to out-innovate and out-perform the others. But what about…

How Android DevOps Can Fuel a Culture of Customer Obsession

Customer experience, or CX, matters more than ever before.  It’s become one of the most important factors in determining a company’s annual revenue growth and customer loyalty. Firms that offer a best-of-class CX have 27.7% higher year-over-year revenue growth than organizations with an average or…

3 Ways Student Tablets Close the Equity Gap in Education

When schools closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, educators and students faced a new challenge: an overnight pivot to distance learning. Technology in the classroom isn’t new. Student tablets are often used to complement traditional lesson-planning and help students reach learning goals. But even…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 41

Esper’s DevOps team has delivered another round of upgrades to our cloud tools. DevRel 41 is about helping Esper’s customers gain better visibility into devices, apps, and agents across the Android single-purpose device ecosystem. Here is a quick look at the DevRel 41 release: Release…

Customize Android Browser Access with Managed Configuration APIs

Safe Search Makes Sense for Student Tablets. Here’s How to Implement it.  Many Android device use cases don’t require browser access. Internet access can be detrimental on Android tablet kiosks or mobile point-of-sale (mPoS) systems. But, a growing number of use cases require limited web…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 40

It’s been a busy few weeks for Esper’s DevOps team since we wrapped DevRel 38.  DevRel 40 features numerous enhancements to our cloud console and APIs for customers, including device API upgrades and support for pushing the latest app version to devices stored in inventory….

How to Safeguard Android Student Tablets for K-12 with SafeSearch

Android devices such as smartphones, tablets, personal digital assistants, and laptops have enormous potential for K-12 education. Students of all ages can quickly adapt to the user-friendly Android Operating System (OS) to learn remotely, connect with educators, and pursue college and careers.  The Road Ahead…

The Evolution of Android OTA: A/B Updates

Over-the-air (OTA) or Firmware Over-the-air (FOTA) are remote updates to the Android operating system (OS) running on a mobile device. Android devices connected to a network can receive and install over-the-air updates to the OS, application software, and time zone rules. All components are involved…

Announcing Esper’s Free Pricing for Android Startups & Innovators

Android is at the forefront of IoT innovation across industries. But, we haven’t come close to realizing Android’s potential to create healthier communities and a more equitable world.  Clinical-grade telehealth devices for patients with chronic conditions are powered by Android. Our partners at iTeach Schools…

Contactless is the New Normal for Post-COVID Retail Customers

Countless consumers view touchscreens, pin pads, and signature pads as a potential health issue. Social distancing practices have sparked a decade’s worth of change in customer behavior in just a few months time, according to recent Ondot research. Retailers and other customer-facing brands need to…

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 38

This release is focused on internal changes in the Esper system that improve performance, increase stability, and add infrastructure capabilities. DevRel 38 also improves the usability of the Console and includes many minor bug fixes.  A quick look: Device SDK APIs to get the serial…

Diversity Drives Esper’s Culture of Innovation

Esper’s Commitment to a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion Diversity is at the core of Esper’s culture code and success. It’s the only way we can maintain our current pace of innovation. Continual efforts to hire, retain, and promote diverse talent are necessary for our…

Automatically Update Apps on Shelved Devices

One of Esper’s customers came to us with an interesting challenge: they’d provision devices that would then sit in the warehouse, switched off, until they were needed—sometimes for a long period of time. While these devices were on the shelf, the customer would continue to…

Create Once, Reuse to Infinity: Android Device Onboarding Templates

Here’s how to streamline Android device provisioning by creating a device onboarding template once and using it for device group enrollment.

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 36

Esper’s Android DevOps team added a new ability to manage device tags via API / SDK / CLI and other UX improvements during DevRel 36.

How to Schedule Updates to Offline Android Devices

Learn how to schedule updates to Android apps when devices are offline using Esper’s Android DevOps platform to go beyond traditional MDM features.

What are the Benefits of Android DevOps?

The benefits of Android DevOps include more frequent deployment, better device performance, greater agility, and more.

What Is Not Part of an MDM / MAM Solution?

Learn the difference between MDM/MAM solutions, EMM, UEM and Android DevOps, and which platform is best for Android device, app and kiosk security.

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 35

Esper’s Android DevOps release notes for DevRel 35. This sprint focused on visibility, including Android device alerts, device management channels, and more.

How Strong is Your MDM Security?

Get a 42-point checklist on your MDM security risks, including tips for a secure cloud MDM platform, Android device security, secure apps & more.

First 60 Days with Esper

An Esper Program Manager shares her experience with Esper’s startup culture and reflects on her first 60 days on the Android DevOps team.

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 34

During DevRel 34, our Android DevOps team added ADB launcher policy, remote Android viewer permissions, and kiosk feaures for the Lenovo M10 TB-X605F.

The Future of Telemedicine Devices is Cloud & IoMT-Driven

Learn the latest IoT and cloud trends for telemedicine and telehealth, and how to go beyond MDM for healthcare to remotely manage the IoMT.

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 33

DevRel 33 added UX improvements and new Esper features.

MDM is dead — it’s time to shift to Android DevOps

It’s time to go beyond MDM features to embrace Android DevOps, which can help Android device teams compete on customer experience, uptime, and agility.

Esper’s Compliance Policy vs. Settings vs. Provisioning Templates: What’s the Difference?

Remotely deploy secure Android devices with Esper’s compliance policy, settings, and provisioning templates. Learn the difference and why each feature matters.

How Android Helps You Burn Calories

The fitness industry is trending toward touch screen Android innovation for home gyms. Here’s why Android powers Peloton, Tonal, and other fitness brands.

Are Restaurants Losing More Customers By Ignoring Mobile Security?

The latest data on restaurant mobile security trends and how to protect your mPoS, tablets, KDS, and other Android devices from cybersecurity threats.

A Message from Esper CEO Yadhu Gopalan on the Covid-19 Pandemic

Esper’s CEO Yadhu Gopalan addresses the COVID-19 pandemic for customers and employees. Plus, Gopalan announces Esper’s pro bono telehealth services.

Esper Release Notes – Dev Rel 32

DevRel 32 included a huge batch of improvements to the Esper customer experience. We added new features to improve Esper’s platform security and usability.

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 27

Esper release notes for DevRel 27. User roles now include view-only permissions to access Android device groups, templates, and app management features.

Esper Release Notes — DevRel 26

DevRel 26 included a refresh to Esper’s Remote viewer and control features to support improved usability for remote Android debugging and management.

DevOps for IoT device fleets: Ex-Microsoft, Amazon leaders raise $7.6M for Seattle-area startup Esper

Esper announces a $7.6 million Series A investment round with Madrona Venture Group. The Seattle Android startup is changing DevOps for IoT fleets.

Esper Release Notes — DevRel 25

We updated the WiFi Access Point Configuration Settings in the device provisioning template to improve remote app installation and device management.

Esper at NRF 2020!

Esper’s Tony Nisam shares retail mobility trends from NRF 2020. Here’s what’s new in retail kiosks, mPoS, and the latest retailer hardware and OS trends.

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 24

The DevRel 24 sprint added 5 new ways to manage Android Debug Bridge (ADB) policy and settings. Plus, new group list views, heartbeat, and WiFi policy.

Esper at CES 2020 Recap

Reporting live from CES 2020, where we’re on the ground with 175k tech pros from Samsung, Lenovo, Zebra, and more. Plus, Esper’s MediaTek announcement.

Esper collaborates with MediaTek on a fully-integrated hardware and software solution for connected devices

Esper announces a ground-breaking partnership with MediaTek to integrate Android IoT hardware with Esper’s custom Android OS and Android DevOps platform.

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 23

Now, you can filter your groups of Android devices by many fleet management parameters, including group name, device policy, and GMS/non-GMS device status.

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 22

DevRel 22 included a new Esper pipeline feature to go beyond MDM to automate IoT fleet management. Now, you can streamline secure Android deployments.

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 21

We added new features and intelligent recommendations to remotely provision and deploy secure GMS, non-GMS, and Esper Foundation for Android devices.

7 Best Practices to Secure Android Retail Devices

Uncover 7 of the best cybersecurity tips for mobile retail devices. You can manage fraud and hack risks to Android mPoS, kiosks, and digital signage.

Esper Release Notes – DevRel 20

Esper DevRel 20 adds optional passwords to access custom Android settings, geofencing views and other remote management features.

How to Lock Android Devices to Kiosk Mode with Esper’s Provisioning Templates

Here’s how to create a secure Android kiosk strategy with Esper’s platform features to securely provision and deploy Android kiosk apps and hardware.

How to Set Up a Geofence on Esper

Esper’s geofencing feature creates intelligent alerts to track devices and prevent device theft. Here’s our secure management tips for Android developers.

Release Notes: DevRel19

We added new features to remotely manage GMS and AOSP Android, including device telemetry, Google account limits for GMS, and local app install policy.

Release Notes: DevRel18

DevRel 18 can help you achieve better mobile app and device security with new support for lockdown, mobile app versions, factory reset protection, and more.

Your Purpose-Built Software Needs The Right Hardware And We Have A Solution

Learn why purpose-built hardware sometimes makes sense for kiosk apps or other custom software and how to design Android, Windows, and more.

Release Notes: DevRel17

Esper’s DevRel 17 sprint included updated geofence event feed data for a smarter mobile-only or mobile-first workforce. Remotely manage and monitor Android.

Release Notes: DevRel16

We added a geofence feature to define boundaries with GPS or RFID so you can remotely manage your Android devices and use alerts to lockdown/ wipe devices.

The Best Way To Build Android Apps In Kiosk Mode Using Esper

The 7 best tips for building Android kiosk mode apps in Esper for unmanaged Android devices. Securely manage and deploy GMS and AOSP kiosk apps.

Understanding Android Device Management Complexities

Discover how to simplify remote device management by solving Android OS fragmentation issues and adding app version management.

4 Key Features Redefining The Kiosk Experience For Your Customers

Expert advice on choosing the best Android kiosk hardware and building kiosk apps. Plus, mobile strategy tips for kiosk hardware, OS, and cloud management.

Get your fleet of devices to listen to you on the fly using Esper. Here’s how!

Traditional MDM solutions aren’t built for Android developers. Use Esper’s API and SDK tools to build and test new Android apps and automate DevOps.

What is Device Management?

The Android IoT is growing with smartphones, tablets, rugged devices, kiosks, mPoS, and more. Go beyond traditional MDM to secure Android apps and devices.

How to Use Esper APIs to Automate Your Device Deployment

Here’s how to use Python and the Esper SDK for Python to call APIs to automate secure provisioning and remotely deploy Android devices and apps.

The Esper APIs – Turn App and Device Management into Code

Here’s how Android Developers can use APIs for device and app management with Esper’s tools to remotely provision and manage Android fleets.

Why Esper?

Go beyond MDM to manage single-purpose Android IoT devices like mobile point-of-sale, smart fitness equipment, telemedicine, EdTech, handheld devices, and more.