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Google buys mobile-device manager Divide

Published:Tuesday | May 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Google has bought Divide, a start-up that helps companies manage the mobile devices that employees are increasingly relying upon to get their work done.

Financial terms of the acquisition, announced Monday, were not disclosed. The deal is part of Google's effort to widen corporate usage of smartphones and tablets running on its mobile operating system, Android.

Google is counting on Divide's technology to make companies feel more comfortable about allowing their employees to use Android devices for business email and other on-the-job tasks involving sensitive information.

Leading mobile operating system

More than one billion devices worldwide already are powered by Android, making it the world's leading mobile operating system. Divide also offers an app for Apple Inc's iPhones. Although Divide is joining Android, the company reassured existing iPhone customers that their device-management tools will continue to work.

Divide, originally known as Enterproid, was founded four years ago by former Morgan Stanley executives who believed that the growing popularity of smartphones and tablets would drive more corporate demand for device-management tools.

The New York company has raised more than US$25 million, including a US$12 million round led by Google's venture-capital arm.

- AP