Google confirmed on Monday that it has acquired mobile device management company, Divide, a startup that helps separate business and personal data on employee-owned smartphones and tablets.
The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
On its website, Divide said that it was joining Google and will be part of the Android team.
Formerly known as Enterproid, Divide was by founded former Morgan Stanley mobile IT executives, who led mobile development and applications at the bank. The company’s flagship platform combines cloud-based management with device-level technology to help secure mobile devices without compromising personal freedom and privacy.
According to Steve Brumer, industry expert and Partner at 151 Advisors, Google’s entrance into the EMM market signals an important next step in securing its Android platform for BYOD purposes.
“Industry experts have commonly referred to Android as problematic for corporate use,” Brumer commented to SecurityWeek via email. “By incorporating this secure platform, Google is ensuring its OS remains competitive in the enterprise market.”