Why GMS Certification Matters for Dedicated Devices

Dedicated devices come in all shapes and sizes, but Social Mobile ensure they’re always ready for enterprise.

What is GMS?

GMS stands for Google Mobile Services and is a collection of apps and APIs that provide a consistent experience across all ndroid devices. In order to ensure a great user experience, GMS certified devices come with a number of these apps and services pre-installed, some of which include Google Search, Google Chrome, YouTube, Google Play Services and the Google Play Store. Without GMS certification, devices are not authorized to run any of Google’s proprietary apps, and in order to certify an Android device through the GMS program, you must be granted the appropriate license from Google. To ensure the highest quality of devices are put out into the ecosystem, Google asks their GMS partners to undergo a series of compatibility tests for each device brought to market.

GMS Certified Devices Provide the Highest Level of Security

When enterprises want to mobilize their employees, Certified Android Enterprise devices are the most logical solution. Android Enterprise devices are secure, easily managed and highly customizable. Regardless of the use case, GMS certified Android devices provide you with the security and management features necessary in any industry, for businesses looking to scale. For security purposes, Google Play Protect is always scanning applications on and off the device, and learning about exploitation. Google’s machine learning algorithm applies what is has learned to provide the highest level of security for your devices.

GMS Certified Device Management – Manage your Android Devices

Android Enterprise is only officially supported by Google on GMS certified devices. One of the greatest things to happen to the Android ecosystem was the introduction of Android Enterprise with its universal management APIs built into all certified devices by default.

These Android Enterprise APIs offer Enterprise Mobility Management solutions the ability to flexibly, granularly manage Android devices as much or as little as desired both through the APIs available and a number of unique deployment scenarios.

For devices owned by the organization, Android offers a fully managed deployment scenario. Fully managed Android devices provide the IT department with full control over device capabilities, apps and the data which resides on the device. If the company is not providing the devices, they can still manage personal devices through a separately encrypted work profile. Commonly referred to as BYOD (Bring Your own device), the work profile on the device is fully managed by IT, while keeping personal apps and information inaccessible. If your company plans on using devices for a single, dedicated use, your IT department can lock down the device so it does not have access to anything other than the specified use. IT can control everything from the lock screen to push notifications and more.

Finally, should personal use of corporate devices be permitted, it’s possible to leverage a mix of fully managed and work profile in a deployment scenario aptly named work profiles on fully managed devices, or COPE to most people. IT owns and manages the whole device, but once again all corporate apps and data are securely managed within a work profile, leaving the parent profile (the rest of the device) free to be used by the employees as they see fit, within the boundaries set by IT.

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