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Android Wear ‘Magic Minute Project’, Chromebooks Integrates with Clever Badges, COOL Picture Login

Android Wear teaming up with makers, doers, and dreamers launched “The Magic Minute Project”, which a collection of one-minute films celebrating what time means to all of us—told one #MagicMinute at a time.

“Andrew Huang: 300 Word Rap, Bruna Kajiya: Top of Your Sport, Kie Willis: Time Trial, Zanita Whittington: Mix Up, Look Sharp, Mike Relm: OK Scratch,” are the new project joined today.

Daydream, that brings high quality, mobile VR with any Daydream-ready phone today adds new members to its family with limited edition Crimson and Snow Daydream View are available online in the U.S., U.K. and Australia in addtion to already available Moto Z and Moto Z Force since last month.

In addition to more phones and new colors, you can now experience some of the most highly anticipated titles coming to Daydream: LEGO BrickHeadz Builder VR, HBO NOW and HBO GO, and more.

Anroid Wear: 300 Word Rap in 1 minute

New phones, colors, apps on Daydream

Update on Android and Google Play’s progress in enterprise

Android for Work, that was launched two years ago introduced a common set of APIs built directly into Android and Play, providing a consistent way of managing any Android device.

Android has extended enterprise support significantly since Lollipop, with Nougat, added support for file-based encryption, always-on VPN, and a separate password for work apps, and other management capabilities that expand on the multiple layers of protection that come built-in with Android.

Going forward, enterprise capabilities in Android will simply refered as “Android and Google Play”, Google said, adding “with platform-level support shipping with every GMS compatible device, Android for Work and Play for Work have become a core part of Android and Google Play.”

To further, Google notes, their London office will be hosting an Android Enterprise Partner Summit in January for Android partners.

Customers interested in how Android can improve their business can learn more here, or get started and try it here.

Here are the five ways Android tackles issues that matter to businesses most: builded upon the multiple security layers of Android with core of security features such as Direct Boot (file-based encryption) and a strict Verify Boot process to protect against compromised devices.

“Verify Boot checks the integrity of the software for persistent rootkits and other nefarious security breaches.” With Strictly Enforced Verified Boot. Any indication of software corruption means the device won’t boot up or will boot into a very limited usage mode to protect user data.

A great mobile experience in the workplace would not be complete without apps. In Android, businesses can keep the apps specific to work in a separate sandbox on the device so that they can’t affect other apps, system data or even hardware without permission. We’ve also improved the permissions processes so users have more control over and are better informed about what access they’re granting to an application.

Keeping apps secure in Google Play as the apps are now signed by their developer, so users know they’re getting software from the developer they know and trust, and it can’t be changed by an unknown third-party.

Also as a second layer of defense, Verify Apps tool continues to scans apps for malware before they even get into the Google Play store.

IT administrators can take advantage of Google Play’s security benefits both for public and internal applications by disallowing app installation from “unknown sources” to ensure every installed app has been scanned by Google Play for malware.

Offering monthly security updates to devices and hardware partners including Nexus devices and the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

Android security patch level can be seen at any time with a simple date indicator in the About Phone section of Settings in Android. IT administrators can remotely see the patch level on managed devices.

Additionally, updating Google Play Services roughly every six weeks ensure delivery of new security features to devices. Verify Apps and Safety Net are two of the Google Play Services features that are updated frequently with enhanced protections. The API addition of Smart Lock for Passwords is another recent example.

Android ecosystem an additional layers of security are offered through ongoing services and the Safe Browsing feature in Android.

Android also providing centralized device management controls for IT admins apply to both corporate owned as well as employee’s personal devices for BYOD (bring your own device) scenarios. As an admin you can manage either type of Android device through a powerful web-based console and improved, fast deployment methods that now include QR code scanning.

In the case of corporate owned devices, IT administrators can use the device owner (DO) management mode to enforce policies that restrict or protect work data, require stronger passwords or PINs, enforce device encryption (expanded to file-level encryption in Android 7) and more.

Application stability on Android and iOS.

Over the past few years, students from all grades, backgrounds and continents achieve and create with G Suite for Education and Chromebooks. And, Chromebooks with versatility including devices with flip and touch capabilities, super light 10-inch screens, and ruggedized protection for those accidental drops and spills are available. At the December 3rd global online conference, Education on Air, Google announced of expanding Chromebook integrations to allow alternatives for logging in that are simple and fast.

First amont others is the Clever Badges, which lets students log in to their Chromebooks and all their learning software by simply holding up a badge to a Chromebook camera.

“Badges are giving countless instructional minutes back to teachers, but they’re doing something more: they’re empowering students to take ownership of their own learning.”

Second integration comes from Cloudwise. a Netherlands-based offering a “COOL Picture Login”, that allow students to choose a series of pictures to make up their own personal password. Once logged in, “students see their own personalized portal page that includes links to the G Suite tools that their administrator has enabled for them and also to other educational platforms that are integrated via single sign on,” writes Google.

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