'Post PC': Google Apps Look To Android For Boost
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Google Apps is looking for a boost among its Android business users with new functions like handset location and instant communication.

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Its a mobile world and Google is looking to push it one step further.

The makers of Android have just announced updates for fledgling Google Apps for Business, its answer to Microsoft Office, adding three new tools to the menu.

These include a new version of the device policy app, which offers a neat function: the ability to find a lost Android handset on a map and also to ringing the device.  Users on Froyo 2.2 and up now also have the power to resetting their PIN or password remotely on the ‘my device’ website.

And apps administrators can access the “encrypt data on device” on their control panel, which also now includes requiring encrypted storage on Android 3.0 tablets, say Google.

Devices will need version 2.0 of the Google Apps Device Policy app.

The office software now also has a new corporate contacts app, Apps Lookup, which allows users allocate a business contact details by voice command or type , which allows instant  call, email, or send a text communication.

 Lookup retrieves the information from apps directory, so ‘shared contacts’ must be enabled in the control panel before employees can use Lookup on their Android 2.1+ devices.

 “With more than 300,000 devices activated per day globally, Android is seeing rapid adoption in the post-PC era” Google said yesterday.

Google Apps have emerged to rival Microsoft’s office suite and is the latest in a series of releases it has made and says its user base is growing in Australia and now includes the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Ray White and  NZ Postal services.


The new apps are also available on Google Apps for Education.