Check out EMM in Android P, the Android Management API, and the Android Management Experience

EMM APIs in Android P

I’m not going to re-publish the full list, for that, head to the preview site. If you want to compare it to what’s available currently, head to

the Android EMM Developers site, or check out the EMM features that came with Android 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, and 8.0. Here are the general themes:

First, the work and personal experience is getting more refinements. There’s a new launcher UI (Jason Bayton has already made a demo video) and there will be “animated illustrations” to help users understand EMM features. Android P is also smoothing out the user experience for apps that are used in both the work profile and on the personal side. Per Google, “For example, an email app can provide a UI that lets the user switch between the personal profile and the work profile to access two email accounts.

On the corporate side, there are refinements for shared and kiosk devices. Shared devices will support an “ephemeral user” for public devices or shift workers, and now you can lock any app into kiosk mode, suppress error messages, and more.

There are plenty of general feature, too. You can postpone over-the-air updates; there are more restrictions, like preventing users from enabling airplane mode; and more APIs for hardware-based keys and certificates. Again, see the list for much more.

Many of the general Android P updates will affect the enterprise, too. For example, this version will place tighter controls around idle app access to sensors. Android P will also warn users when apps that target much older Android versions are installed, plus it will restrict access to private APIs. So if you have some app built in 2011 in your environment (yes, legacy Android and iOS apps are a thing) then it’s time for an update.

As always, the question is when and on which devices you will actually be able to use these features. Android P won’t be out until sometime in the fall, so if you’re sourcing some new enterprise-owned devices, think late 2018/early 2019. But for BYOD? Unless Project Treble really speeds things along, or your users all really like buying new phones (or all use Pixels), count on early 2020.

However, there is a bright spot, as we’re finally at the point where most BYOD Android devices should support at least some form of Android enterprise. This is backed up by recent numbers from MobileIron, who revealed that 82% of the Android devices under their management run 6.0 or higher.

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