But Android's larger management problem still exists, with subpar capabilities (compared to iOS, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7, and corporate-oriented Nokia Symbian devices) for internal-server-managed devices.
Still, the Google Apps support for Android mobile management is a good first step, but no different than what mobile device management tools such as those from Good Technology and MobileIron already do. The only difference is that if you use corporate Google Apps, you now can manage these policies directly from Google Apps. It also means you have one fewer reason to be tied to a physical server, which Good and MobileIron require.
What Google really needs to do, of course, is what its main competitors -- Apple, Microsoft, and RIM -- have already done: Bake security and management into the OS itself. Until then, all these clients are just patches -- welcome patches, but still just patches.
This article, "Google finally steps into Android mobile management," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of Gruman et al.'s Mobile Edge blog and follow the latest developments in mobile technology at InfoWorld.com.