Infoworld reports that Motorola Mobility bought a small company to deal with Android security shortfalls.
There are a couple of interesting side notes either directly stated in this article or implied by this news.
1. The article notes: Android devices can’t be managed to meet business-class security needs like a BlackBerry or iPhone can. There are a couple of interesting points raised in this single sentence:
1.1. Apple’s iPhone is considered, at least by the article’s author, to be a business-class device that is on par with the BlackBerry.
1.2.There is no mention of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. Its predecesor, Windows Mobile at one time defined much of what we think of as a business class phone. Ironically, the author notes: he management infrastructure created would be similar to that available on Research in Motion’s BlackBerry platform, on Microsoft’s now-defunct Windows Mobile platform, and on Apple’s iOS 4 platform.
2. Motorola plans to provide APIs for their Android security software
2.1. Although other vendors can work with their API, it is not clear that they will
2.2. What happens if Google itself provides what they should have done earlier: A unified and standard way to deal with business class security holes?
This effort, while needed, may end up fragmenting Android even more. Up to now, Google has been fragmenting Android all by themselves so far. They may soon get help in this effort.