Google wants to make work profiles available on additional Android devices. Work profiles allow users to clearly separate private and professional matters on their smartphones. So far, however, this function has only been available on Android devices that are managed by companies.
That should change soon, promises Google in a blog entry. In the coming year, users of Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) should first get access to the functions of the work profiles. Finally, work profiles should also be made available to users who have been assigned a business identity by their employer.
Google Workspace is an umbrella brand for the company’s communications and collaboration services. Workspace includes services like Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and Meet. There are also office alternatives such as docs, sheets and slides. The prices for Google Workspace start at 4.70 euros per user and month.
Work profiles separate apps and data from professional and private cell phone use. According to Google, this can on the one hand help employees to improve their work-live balance and protect their private data. Companies should also benefit from additional security for their applications and data. In order to be able to use work profiles, a smartphone with Android version 7.0 or later is required.
In the blog entry, Google also emphasizes the improvements that the new OS version Android 12 brings with it for enterprise customers. This should include better protection against attacks via USB exploits and revised security settings for work profiles.