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Parrying Apple, Google Pushes Android into the Office

Behind the glitzy ad campaigns and massive product development efforts that dominate the consumer smartphone business, Apple and Google are quietly squaring off in a battle for BlackBerry’s old turf.

Google is now embarking on a major effort to make its Android software more attractive to businesses and blunt Apple’s growing success among corporate buyers, according to one person involved in the undisclosed effort and one person briefed about it.

The Google initiative, which is focused especially on improving the security of Android, marks a reversal for the company.

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There’s an industry perception that Android is “less secure.” And it didn’t help to learn that Google didn’t encrypt customer data running between its data centers, which apparently allowed the National Security Agency to tap into it.