Google is buying a start-up that focuses on Android in the enterprise and was backed by its Google Ventures investing group.
Needless to say, it's an alignment of interests.
The company is Divide, formerly known as Enterproid. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Divide team will join the Android team.
As Ina Fried wrote last year, Divide uses "what's known as a container approach, in which corporate information is separated from personal information on a device. That allows businesses to manage their data even on devices they don't own, and gives individuals freedom to still use their phone to run the kinds of apps they want to."
Divide had raised some $25 million from investors including Google Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners and Harmony Partners.
The context for this is, for all its progress in the global smartphone arena, Android has trailed Apple when it comes to getting accepted in the workplace.
In part, Apple's button-down approach has limited the amount of malware on the operating system, making it more attractive to security-conscious business.