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Table: Mobile management capabilities compared

Key: EAS = via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. BES = via BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.x. 3PS = via third-party server.

Capability

Apple iOS 4.x

Google Android 3.0

Google Android 2.2, 2.3

HP WebOS 3.0

HP WebOS 2.x

Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.x

Microsoft Windows Phone 7

Nokia Symbian 2.x, 3.x1

RIM BlackBerry 5.x, 6.x

On-device encryption

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes2

Yes

Over-the-air data encryption

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Complex passwords

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Enforce password policies

Yes3

EAS4

EAS4

EAS

EAS

EAS, 3PS

EAS

EAS, 3PS

BES

Support VPNs

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Disable camera

Yes3

No

No

No

No

EAS, 3PS

No

No

BES

Restrict/block app stores

Yes3

No

No

No

No

EAS, 3PS

No

No

BES

Restrict/block wireless LANs

Yes3

No

No

No

No

EAS, 3PS

No

No

BES

Remote lockout

Yes3

EAS, 3PS

EAS, 3PS

EAS

EAS

EAS, 3PS

EAS

No

BES

Remote wipe

Yes3

EAS, 3PS

EAS, 3PS

EAS

EAS

EAS, 3PS

EAS

EAS, 3PS

BES

Selective wipe of business apps and data only

3PS

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

BES5

Enforce and manage policies

EAS, 3PS

EAS, 3PS

EAS, 3PS

EAS

EAS

EAS, 3PS

EAS

EAS, 3PS

BES

EAS policies supported

14

13 6

9 6

7

5

29 7

7

NA

none8

Manage over the air

EAS, 3PS

EAS, 3PS

EAS, 3PS

EAS

EAS

EAS, 3PS

EAS

EAS, 3PS

BES

Second-factor authentication
(RSA SecurID)

No

No

No

No

No

Yes9

No

No

Yes9

Notes:
1. Some Nokia E-series and N-series devices only.
2. Storage cards not encrypted.
3. Via choice of Apple iPhone Configuration Utility (no over-the-air confirmation or auditing), Mac OS X Lion Server, EAS, and 3PS.
4. Require PIN only.
5. BlackBerry OS 6 only.
6. Some third-party email client applications support additional EAS policies within those applications only.
7. Exchange Server Enterprise license required for support of all 29 EAS policies, lower-tier licenses support 15 EAS policies.
8. BES supports more than 500 policies of its own.
9. Some device models only.

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