Google Play is coming to the enterprise! On Tuesday, Google announced that it’s extending the Google Play Store to its Google Apps customers. Basically, this will allow enterprise customers to internally distribute apps to their employees. Users will have access to a private channel in the Google Play Store where they can download Android apps published by their administrator. SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto discussed how this would benefit businesses.
There are some restrictions that come with this in that an app cannot be published to both the public Google Play store and a private channel, nor can an existing app go into a private channel. Casaretto revealed a workaround on the first restriction, saying that administrators could create a private version of the app and publish it that way.
In other mobile news, Nokia has unveiled its smallest and cheapest Windows Phone 8 device yet: the Nokia Lumia 620. With just a 3.8″ screen and a $249 pricetag, Nokia seems to be focused on very bold colors and with their latest 620 device they are also adding some new casing colors. These are reminiscent of Nokia’s old 6100 series phones with the interchangeable custom covers. Despite the Lumia 900 hardware being incompatible with Windows 8, Casaretto said there should be no concerns with the Lumia 620, as it’s a full Windows 8 O/S phone. He said, “I think the phone will be pretty polished by the time it hits the market.” Casaretto highlighted some of the phone’s features, such as NFC, a fast five megapixel camera, and a front-facing camera for video calls.
Currently the Lumia 620 is scheduled for release in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, followed by Europe and Canada, but no U.S. dates are available yet. See the entire segment with Kristin Feledy and John Casaretto on the Morning NewsDesk Show.