Amazon Kindle Fire - The Latest BYOD Gadget?
Is Amazon’s Kindle Fire the latest BYOD gadget to infiltrate the enterprise?
Good Technology seems to think so. The company, which provides secure, mobile device applications for enterprises, says it is now supporting Amazon’s Android-based tablet/e-reader. Good’s mobile collaboration software is already available for Apple iOS, Windows Phone, Symbian, and other Android OS devices.
In a press release issued Tuesday, Good Technology cited a January 2012 Infinite Research study showing the increasing demand for tablets in the enterprise. The report found that 13.69 million tablets were shipped in 2011, with growth expected to hit 96.38 million tablets shipped in 2016. As a result, tablet adoption rates will follow the same trajectory as smartphone growth over the past few years.
Though Amazon hasn’t been specific about Kindle Fire shipments, estimates are that 4.5 million Amazon tablets have been snapped up since its November 2011 release. In addition, a recent survey of Good’s business customers found that over 70 percent currently support BYOD programs.
"By certifying Good for Enterprise for use on Kindle Fire, we are further enabling IT departments to support the Android OS without fear of data loss or corruption, as well as offering their customers more choice and effectively enabling bring-your-own-device programs," the company said in a statement.
The Kindle Fire isn’t your average Android tablet, of course. Amazon runs a gated community of blessed Kindle Fire Android apps, which represent a subset of apps available for all Android devices.
The Good for Enterprise app is now available for the Kindle Fire in the Amazon Appstore for Android.