Android's Openness Makes It Easier to Support than iPhone, Tangoe Says
Tangoe says its mobile device management software will now support smartphones based on Google's Android operating system Version 2.0 or higher, including the Motorola Droid, Google Nexus One and HTC Incredible, which Verizon Wireless began selling April 29. What's interesting is that Tangoe chose to support Android before supporting its rival Apple iPhone smartphone platform. Companies such as BoxTone handled the iPhone first.Tangoe, which makes software used by more than 400 companies around the world to manage expenses related to their mobile communication assets, on April 27 said its mobile device management software will now support smartphones based on Google's Android operating system. Tangoe's MDM Version 5.0 client software, which IT administrators install on mobile devices, is now compatible with devices running Android 2.0 and higher. This includes such high-end Android smartphones as the Motorola Droid, Google Nexus One and HTC Incredible, which Verizon Wireless began selling April 29.
The Android "device client collects information regarding device hardware and installed applications" and sends smartphone voice, SMS (Short Message Service) and data usage information "to the MDM V5.0 server where it is monitored and managed in real time, based on the plan assigned to the specific smartphone user." The idea is to help IT administrators get a better handle on the expenses their corporate employees are racking up on their smartphones.