The application, in combination with a Google Apps subscription, lets IT "remotely wipe all data from lost or stolen mobile devices; lock idle devices after a period of inactivity; require a device password on each phone; set minimum lengths for more secure passwords; [and] require passwords to include letters and numbers," according to Google.
Google Apps for Mobile also includes administration tools for rivals iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian. Managing multiple types of devices will be key for any mobile management platform because the smartphone market is not dominated by any one single vendor.
Microsoft also recently expanded its System Center management capabilities to iPhones, iPads, Androids, and Symbian devices. (See "iPhone, Android, Windows and Linux: Microsoft now manages them all.)
InfoWorld Executive Editor Galen Gruman contriuted to this report.
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