The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is purchasing Divide, a company that builds mobile device management software for enterprise customers. Divide confirmed the deal in an announcement on its website saying it will be joining the Android team and that existing customers will continue to be able to access the service (above).
Divide provides a cloud-based service that lets companies and large organizations oversee and manage mobile devices used by employees on their networks. The software can create separate work environments on personal devices used by employees, offers a number of security features, and also supports both Android and iOS:
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IT can use Divide Manager to push policies by group, restrict apps, set screenlock requirements, administer data wipes and view device inventory. Divide Manager also allows administrators to track device and business application inventory, policy compliance status, and usage monitoring for expense management.
The service has a free tier and enterprise pricing starting at $60 per user/per year.
Google didn’t disclose any financial details related to the deal.