The shortest longest Android 10 review post

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I’ve been planning and preparing and researching for my Android 10 Overview post for a while now, and then I found this monster of a review from Ron Amadeo on Ars Technica (instant subscribe!)

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/09/android-10-the-ars-technica-review/

Basically, I have very litte to add. The review is huge, though and will take a while. If you want to focus, read these enterprise-relevant sections:

And then the official Android Enterprise changelog from Google, which had still not been added to the TOC on the release notes page 🙂

Once we get those new features supported in Workspace ONE (and I get an extra Android10 device) I’ll post something more detailed.

Future of NFC provisioning for Android (Beam deprecated in Q)?

I use NFC provisioning a lot when I work with Android Enterprise (especially, the Device owner scenarios).

Apps like AirWatch Relay or Knox Deployment make testing and playing e.a.s.y. – I don’t have to tap through the Startup Wizard, type in my 20+ char WLAN PSK, manually enroll the device etc. And I can have different profiles!

Well, boys and girls, bad news. Google has deprecated Android Beam – the technology used in those apps – in Android Q.

The good news is that reading NFC tags is still supported. So you can provision Android Q via an older phone (for now).

Or, with Android 9+ you can switch to QR code. But on Android 8 and older you’d need to type the PSK manually, since the device needs to download the QR reader library before it can read the barcode 🙂

What are your thoughts? Are you using NFC provisioning? Leave a commend below!

Android Q for Enterprise: Wi-Fi MAC Randomizaion

Continuing on the Android Q changes that affect the EMM. Today’s subject is the upcoming mandatory Wi-Fi MAC Randomization: what is it, how does this affect you, and what do you need to do now or later about it.

This article is based on my own exploration of the source code and may not be entirely correct. It may be updated when Q finally comes out and more details become available.

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Android Q Enterprise Features for EMM Admin

This is a brief analysis on the upcoming Android Enterprise Features in Android Q. Read the full notes here. Google has a habit of silently updating those documents, so I expect to update this post once subsequent iterations of Beta are released. The below is my sole opinion, and I welcome hearing yours. NB: it starts slow, the really great stuff is towards the 2nd half 🙂

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