Google today announced a new feature coming to Android that will make it easier for companies to deploy Android devices to their employees. The new data separation feature lets both corporate and persona applications coexist on a the same device, without having their data shared between them. Companies will be able to deploye apps in bulk and manage data on devices remotely.

A number of companies have developed similar, third-party systems for Android already, with Samsung's Knox platform being the most common. Google says that Samsung actually contributed a lot of its technology to Android to make this new feature possible, though this new service isn't limited to just Samsung devices. The data separation app will be available for devices with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above, including those made by Motorola, LG, HTC, and Sony.

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