Google, H-P Discuss Android Assistant for the Workplace

As the smartphone battle between Google and Apple moves into the corporate world, Google’s Android unit has been talking to Hewlett-Packard and others about enabling the Google Now “virtual assistant” to be used as a new type of search tool for corporate data, according to three people who have been involved or briefed on the talks.

The idea is for employees to be able to ask their Android device for company information such as financial data or product inventory information in the same way they do routine personal searches for weather, traffic or restaurant locations. Google search doesn’t currently offer any such integration with corporate databases and software applications, but it’s an area Google has looked at as it tries to chip away at the iPhone’s lead among business customers.  

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While Apple and Google could get away with a partner-agnostic platform approach in the consumer market, the rules of the game in the enterprise are different. Corporate customers have different sales channels and cycles, and they’re used to working with technology providers like Microsoft that disclose product roadmaps, something Google and Apple aren’t accustomed to. Such limitations also have slowed Google’s progress in competing against Microsoft to provide cloud computing and productivity software to big corporations.


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Corporate customers are used to working with technology providers like Microsoft that disclose product roadmaps, something Google and Apple aren’t accustomed to.