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Verizon Android Phones Add Good Security, Management Services

Good Technology will offer its business-grade security and mobile device management services for Motorola, HTC, LG and Samsung Android smartphones.

Verizon Wireless is letting Good Technology use its network to provide security and management capabilities to companies with employees using mobile phones that run Google's Android operating system. Verizon won't be selling Good's products, but Thursday's announcement means the latter company has received the level of network support needed to offer all its business-grade services.

As a result of the deal, Good is able to offer for Android phones a similar level of mobile security and device management that Research In Motion offers for its BlackBerry smartphones. Both companies require companies to buy their respective servers in order to deliver their technology.

The Good for Enterprise package comprises two key components, Good Mobile Control and Good Mobile Messaging.

The Control server provides over-the-air security and device management that works in conjunction with on-device software that provides encryption of data, remote application password policies and remote deletion of data. Mobile Messaging provides email and personal information management, including a calendar and address book.

"Customers in health care and financial services will find the solution especially suited to their businesses because of the security features integrated into the solution," Mark Bartolomeo, VP of enterprise marketing for Verizon, said in a statement.

Verizon offers a number of Android phones from several manufacturers. The devices include Motorola's Droid, Droid 2 and Droid X; HTC's Droid Incredible and Droid Eris; LG's Ally and Samsung's Fascinate.

Good announced a year ago support for Android and Apple's iPhone. The announcement expanded the company's offerings beyond just phones running Microsoft's Windows Mobile and Nokia's Symbian operating systems.

At the time, the focus of the announcement was on the iPhone, which had the larger market share. As of this year, phones running Android have a larger share of the global smartphone market, trailing only Nokia's Symbian, according to Gartner.

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