This week, the G team released a few features for Android that aim to push Google further into the corporate world, and big news from the YouTube corner might mean serious trouble for popular online streaming sites as well as broadcast networks.
Three New Android Features For Business
Google Apps Device Policy
This app enables an administrator to remotely wipe data, lock idle devices, and set the minimum level of security for a password. The update enhances security by enabling employees to locate a lost or stolen device on a map, ring the device, and reset the device PIN or password remotely.
Google Apps administrators can now encrypt data on Android 3.0 tablets by going to the "Encrypt Data on Device" control panel. This is a fairly big update for Google, as encrypted data stored on devices has been one of the main obstacles for Android's integration into the corporate ecosystem.
Google Apps Lookup
Google Apps Lookup is a new corporate contacts app that aims to ease the process of finding and contacting people within your organization. Users can type or speak the name or e-mail address of a colleague, and then tap to contact them via phone, e-mail, IM, or text message. Note: Administrators will need to enable "Shared Contacts" in the control panel. This enables Lookup to pull and sync information from the Google Apps directory.
These updates are available to all customers of Google Apps for Business and Google Apps for Education, though most of them will only work with devices running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher.
YouTube's Overhaul Might Mean Trouble for Netflix
Google is on a beeline for many things, including a significant place in the online video streaming pool. Accordingly, YouTube is working to carve out a new niche by combining user generated content with professionally produced programming. 20 or so upcoming channel could mean trouble for cable and satellite companies, which are already scrambling to develop and or acquire new services to compete.
The move could also mean similar trouble for already established online streaming sites. “Google's content moves represent a significant threat to [Netflix] and we think content providers will be all too happy to see a new buyer enter the content licensing market,” said analyst Martin Pyykkonen of Wedge Partners.
What do you think? Is Google onto something, or will a combination of YouTube videos and professional program just look messy?
Larry Page, Google's new CEO, shook up the Internet giant's management team this week by promoting six execs to senior vice president. Each will lead product teams in search, ads, mobile, YouTube, Chrome, and social, bringing more than just Search to the forefront of Google's empire.
Sadly, the company would not confirm who the respective teams will be led by, but word around e-streat suggests be Alan Eustace, Susan Wojcicki, Andy Rubin, Salar Kamangar, Sundar Pichai and Vic Gundotra.