If you're a Sprint customer who is happy with your Evo 4G device but disappointed you can't bring it to work, help is on the way.
That's because Google this week will push out the Android 2.2 update, also known as "Froyo," to Sprint's popular WiMax-based device. The Evo will be the first device to get the new version of the Android operating system, with other devices such as the HTC Droid Incredible and the Motorola Droid X soon to follow.
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But what, exactly, can Evo users expect from the Froyo update? The big thing will be the bevy of enterprise features the operating system update will add, giving IT departments more control over Android-based devices than they have had in the past.
Android 2.2 will give administrators the ability to enforce password policies across Android devices and to remotely wipe any Android devices that become lost or compromised. Android 2.2 will also support Exchange calendars and auto-discovery to make it easier for users to set up and sync Exchange accounts, though it remains incompatible with many Exchange security policies.
These new features will give the Evo 4G the bare minimum that most analysts recommend for letting a device come onto the corporate network, but they still won't put the Evo on par with BlackBerry devices as far as enterprise security goes.
IT departments should also be wary of Android devices in general, since the Android application market does not filter out applications posted for sale. This means that there are significant dangers for users who don't carefully watch what permissions they grant applications they download onto their devices. A recent study by security vendor SMobile found that around 20 percent of all applications available on the store could compromise sensitive corporate information.
Other features that Froyo will showcase when released next week for the Evo 4G include the following: