The Android 14 Enterprise Features You Should Know
Android 14, Google’s latest release, brings a host of improvements for users, with enhancements to accessibility, localization, battery life improvements and more. But for IT admins, there are also several Android 14 enterprise features to plan for that enhance user privacy and control.
What’s new in Android 14 for Enterprise?
New APIs to display work contacts and caller IDs on personal side
Previous Android releases have allowed cross-profile data sharing so that personal apps can access work profile contacts and phone numbers – a small but meaningful feature that reduces friction for the many end users who use the same device for work and personal communication.
With Android 14, IT admins can apply more granular policies by specifying which apps are allowed to access this information.
Calendar apps, which may use cross-profile data, should consider switching to connected apps, which can use both work and personal data (for instance by displaying a single calendar view with work and personal appointments), but without giving IT admins access to personal data, thereby maintaining user privacy.
Restrictions to ultra-wideband radio
Ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, a short-range wireless communication protocol used primarily to track the location of objects with high accuracy, has only recently been introduced to high-end smartphones, although government and military applications go back decades. Android 13 was the first Android release with feature-complete UWB support.
UWB is expected to grow rapidly, particularly in applications such as healthcare, logistics and manufacturing, where extremely accurate real-time location information can assist with complex and challenging asset tracking.
In anticipation of that growing ubiquity, Android 14 allows an admin to turn off UWB on corporate-owned devices in situations where it is not desirable, for instance when security and privacy concerns outweigh the benefit of real-time location data.
When will features be available?
Google doesn’t share exact release dates, but Android 14 is expected to be released soon, in early September. Like every year, Google Pixel devices will receive updates on release day. Other device manufacturers follow their own cadence for over-the-air updates, so check with your vendors for schedules.
Ivanti UEM solutions will support Android 14 on day zero, meaning Ivanti customers can transition seamlessly to Android 14 on all of their Android devices.
Where to get more information on Android 14
For additional details on new Android 14 enterprise features, visit Google’s Android 14 release notes.
For details about support for Android 14 on Ivanti products, visit Ivanti customer support.