Apple Watch Gets Email, IT Support - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Mobile // Mobile Devices
News
6/29/2015
11:18 AM
100%
0%

Apple Watch Gets Email, IT Support

Good Technology ported its enterprise email application to the Apple Watch so mobile professionals can manage their inboxes and IT can manage Apple's fledgling wearable.

10 iPhone, Android Apps To Keep You Healthy
10 iPhone, Android Apps To Keep You Healthy
(Click image for larger view and slideshow.)

Good Technology today announced the availability of Good Work for the Apple Watch. Good Work lets mobile professionals manage their inboxes while allowing IT to manage Apple's fledgling wearable.

Good Work is already available to the Apple iPhone, and the Watch version builds on that platform. In addition to basic email and calendar notifications, Good Work for Apple Watch adds capabilities such as glances for new and unread emails, and more detail about upcoming calendar appointments.

According to Good, Apple Watch owners can read emails directly on their watches, and delete, flag, or mark read/unread using the Watch's Force Touch gesture. Force Touch registers the amount of pressure applied to the screen, in addition to basic touch interactions. The calendar app now presents a scrollable timeline. Each appointment can be expanded to reveal information such as the organizer's photo, notes, and other details.

These improved user-facing features are joined by new security controls for IT. Good said in a statement that it updated the policy controls in the Good Dynamic Secure Mobility Platform, which lets businesses manage wearables used in the enterprise. IT can enable or disable the Good Work watch app from Good's Web-based console. Moreover, Good Work supports the new Apple Watch wrist-detection restriction, so companies that have stricter mobile device management policies can enforce those policies with ease.


(Image: Mutlu Kurtbas/iStockphoto)

(Image: Mutlu Kurtbas/iStockphoto)

"Enabling enterprise mobility means securing data accessed and used on all devices, whether smartphones, tablets, or wearables,” said Christy Wyatt, chairman and CEO of Good Technology, in a June 29 statement. "The Good Work app for Apple Watch [allows] greater productivity for employees while also providing complete policy controls for IT." (Wyatt was formerly an executive at Motorola.)

The proliferation of wearables in the enterprise is beginning to ramp up. Though the majority of wearables sold today are fitness bands, smartwatches are predicted to surpass fitness bands as early as 2017. Android Wear and Pebble have a solid share of the smartwatch market, though Apple may be quick to catch up.

[ Is technology out to get us? Read 9 Ways Technology Is Slowly Killing Us All. ]

Reports suggest Apple has already moved 2.8 million smartwatches since the Watch's April 24 debut. Some analysts believe Apple may ship as many as 15 million devices before the end of the year. Every one of those Watches will be paired with an iPhone -- today's most prevalent enterprise smartphone.

IT will need to be on the lookout for the rising tide of wearables in the workplace -- especially those from Apple and Google. In addition to email and calendar data, the Watch holds enterprise contact information.

Good Work for Apple Watch is available from the iTunes App Store. If you're not employing Good's platform in your business, it's a safe bet that Good's competitors will add wearable controls to their own MDM platforms in the months ahead.

Eric is a freelance writer for InformationWeek specializing in mobile technologies. View Full Bio

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 6   >   >>
jastroff
50%
50%
jastroff,
User Rank: Ninja
7/4/2015 | 2:45:16 PM
Re: Sony
>>  But I kind of like the 4 inch high heels but then again I don't have to wear them !   : ) 

Yes, but I have and they are difficult to make work!

 

:-)
Technocrati
50%
50%
Technocrati,
User Rank: Ninja
7/4/2015 | 1:47:57 PM
Re: Sony

@jastroff    Nice list !   But I kind of like the 4 inch high heels but then again I don't have to wear them !   : ) 

Technocrati
50%
50%
Technocrati,
User Rank: Ninja
7/4/2015 | 1:46:11 PM
Re: No Gee Whiz Factor Here
@Joe   Lol  !    That's great !   I bet he is glad those days are over !  : ) 
jastroff
50%
50%
jastroff,
User Rank: Ninja
7/4/2015 | 1:30:38 PM
Re: Sony
"There are no bad ideas -- just bad timing."

Interesting, and often right, but not always. Here are some bad ideas that spring to mind in random order

-        Ctrl-Alt-Del

-        Really thick heavy text books for students

-        The first Mac portable which weighed 20 lbs

-        Amazon drone delivery

-        Pop-up ads

-        4 inch high heels

 
Joe Stanganelli
50%
50%
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Author
7/4/2015 | 9:07:31 AM
Re: Sony
I see the benefit.  I got to personally demo Sony's Smarteyeglass earlier this year, and it was neat.  The industrial use is very clear, as the glasses can be used to recognize objects and give realtime instructions.

Although I can't imagine wearing those for a full shift.  I'd get tired of looking at the text displays.
Joe Stanganelli
50%
50%
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Author
7/4/2015 | 9:04:16 AM
Re: No Gee Whiz Factor Here
@Technocrati: The flaw in the technology -- as was the flaw with many regular beepers back then -- was that it allowed you to send anonymous messages that weren't time-stamped.

So it got into my head to have some fun with dear old dad and spend a week sending him repeated messages that said "LOW BATTERY".

(Sometimes I sent messages that said "L W BATTERY" to make it look like the display was fading.)
Technocrati
50%
50%
Technocrati,
User Rank: Ninja
7/3/2015 | 3:57:42 PM
Re: Sony

@ Joe    Interesting point regarding Augmented reality glasses.   I know of some who are spending considerable time on this new frontier and after they achieve their lofty dream of incorporating this technology in their endeavors - the response will more than likely be ....." this is cool, not particularly useful - but cool."

 

But at least this particular engineer can act as if he is really doing something "useful" in the meantime.

Technocrati
50%
50%
Technocrati,
User Rank: Ninja
7/3/2015 | 3:52:52 PM
Re: Sony
"... Would it be better to make it into a valuable add-on for iPhone?"

@Li Tan     I would think so - IMO that is the problem of being known as an innovator - you are forced to "innovate" whether it makes sense or not.
Li Tan
50%
50%
Li Tan,
User Rank: Ninja
7/3/2015 | 10:23:54 AM
Re: Sony
I am willing to see how iWatch will improve in its next generation. Many people blame that iWatch must rely on iPhone. But I am thinking does it even make sense to make iWatch into a standalone product? Would it be better to make it into a valuable add-on for iPhone?
Joe Stanganelli
50%
50%
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Author
7/3/2015 | 10:10:12 AM
Re: Sony
My dad has a saying: "There are no bad ideas -- just bad timing."

Google Glass, for its part, was probably ahead of its time.  (The product did serve as a PR coup, at least, for Google.)

Augmented reality glasses -- ones that have been around longer than Google Glass -- have recently started to get more attention for enterprise/industrial use.
Page 1 / 6   >   >>
News
IT Budgets: Traditional Still Bigger than Cloud
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  9/20/2018
Commentary
Building a Smart City Doesn't Have a Common Blueprint
Guest Commentary, Guest Commentary,  9/18/2018
Commentary
AWS vs. Azure: Users Share Their Experiences
Guest Commentary, Guest Commentary,  9/7/2018
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
The Next Generation of IT Support
The workforce is changing as businesses become global and technology erodes geographical and physical barriers.IT organizations are critical to enabling this transition and can utilize next-generation tools and strategies to provide world-class support regardless of location, platform or device
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll