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Exploring the Potential for Android in the Enterprise Market

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June 06, 2011

Exploring the Potential for Android in the Enterprise Market

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

Earlier this year, reports came out indicating that Google’s Android (News - Alert) operating system surpassed Apple’s iPhone platform in terms of U.S. consumer market share. Interest in Android is certainly growing, and not just in the consumer space; many developers see potential for the enterprise space, too.

During a TMCnet video interview at Interop 2011, Luis Torres, regional sales manager at TeamExtension, pointed out that Google’s (News - Alert) 2011 I/O conference attracted thousands of developers, who looked at the latest Android apps and devices to get a sense for how the market is developing.

“Those developers will now go to work coming up with ideas, same as they did for the consumer market,” Torres predicted.

TeamExtension, a software development company that specializes in Java, plans to play a significant role in the Android market as it evolves.

“Android is built on top of Java, so it’s a natural progression for us to move into the Android market,” Torres explained. “Also, the standards for Android and Google Apps are much more open than other platforms. That leads to more creativity, and people don’t have to spend money on the licensing.

For the past six months, TeamExtension has been helping enterprise companies of all sizes develop the technology for Android applications to run on: capabilities for getting applications from the server to the smartphone.  

Torres acknowledged that security for Android is a concern, but not one that can’t be overcome.

“Security is always going to be a big issue,” he noted. “With a larger community, there are going to be more ideas and more risk. But, the security community is also getting bigger and smarter.”

TeamExtension sees a bright future for Android.

“The enterprise Android mobile app market for has unlimited growth potential, because of the number of developers out there, and the openness of the platform,” Torres said. 

For more discussion about Android, watch the full video interview.

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Mae Kowalke is a TMCnet contributor. She is Manager of Stories at Neundorfer, Inc., a cleantech company in Northeast Ohio. She has more than 10 years experience in journalism, marketing and communications, and has a passion for new tech gadgets. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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