Android lags behind in terms of business-specific features but Google hopes to catch up with its competitors by making a big effort to make the next version of the operating system more attractive to enterprises. Among other things, Android is expected to get features for the storage of sensitive information directly on chips, stronger encryption, compatibility with apps that require extra authentication (including biometrics). Additionally, Google is also considering new APIs for remote management and a separate approval process for enterprise apps to make sure the apps are safe and only available to employees.
Android KitKat’s successor, expected to be unveiled at Google’s annual conference for software developers in June, is internally known as the “L” release, since a name for the next version has yet to be picked. Google uses dessert names chosen in alphabetical order for its Android releases, and the letter “L” is next in line.