Google acquired Hong Kong/NYC startup Divide
According to InformationWeek, in a move to strengthen Android’s appeal to enterprise customers, Google has acquired Hong Kong/NYC startup Divide, a mobile device management platform, for an undisclosed sum. Divide announced the deal on its blog, noting that the company will become part of Google’s Android team and that its software will continue to work for existing customers.
EntrepreneurHK has reached out to Google, “I’m happy to confirm the deal and say that we’re excited that Divide will be joining the Android team.” from a spokesman from Google.
InformationWeek stated that the deal represents Google’s 14th known acquisition this year and a 15th acquisition, Twitch, is reportedly pending. If Google continues to acquire companies at this rate, it will surpass its 2010 high, when it made 26 acquisitions.
Divide, as its name suggests, offers software that divides mobile devices into separate partitions. This is a popular strategy for placing business software on personal devices under corporate management without limiting personal apps. Divide also provides a cloud-based management console to handle administrative tasks like pushing group policies, restricting apps, setting screenlock requirements, and erasing data.
The story can be found on www.informationweek.com.