Use the Workspace ONE UEM powered by AirWatch to push Android public applications, internal applications, and web apps to Android devices. Internal apps are company-specific apps developed by your organization that are available for users to access from their device but not searchable in the public app store. You can add the app to Google Play as a private application. Although these private apps are managed as public apps and are available for assigned users to access, they are not searchable in the public app store. The managed Google Play Store is the recommended way to manage all your application deployment use-cases for Android devices. Managed Google Play loads in an iframe within the Workspace ONE UEMconsole whenever a public application is added and when an Android Enterprise EMM registration is configured. The iframe is opened through the API integration with Google Play and is not hosted by VMware. Applications that you push through the integration of Workspace ONE UEM and Android have the same functionality as their counterparts from the Google Play Store.You can also host the application .apk file as a local file. This option applies to Android 6.0+ devices only.

You can use Workspace ONE UEM features to apply policies to the applications. For example, you can add configurations that make using the application more convenient and you can configure settings that make using the application more secure.

  • To add convenience of use, configure the Send Application Configuration option. Application configurations allow you to pre-configure supported key-value pairs and to push them down to devices with the application. Examples of supported values may include user names, passwords, and VPN settings. Support value depends upon the application.
  • To add secure features, use Workspace ONE UEM profiles for Android. Profiles let you set passcodes, apply restrictions, and use certificates for authentication.

The Workspace ONE UEM console allows you to push alpha, beta, or production versions of apps. Using alpha and beta versions of apps allows for testing for compatibility and stability before pushing the production version. You can select specific smart groups for testing and use flexible deployment to determine which users receive which version of the app. If you don't select whether to push the alpha or beta version, the production version is automatically assigned.

Important: VMware productivity apps (Browser, Boxer, Content Locker, etc) are not supported with Android (Legacy) Knox container deployments, such as Dual Persona or Container Only Mode, due to technical limitations with Knox container data separation. The Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub manages the container from the outside, and is not able to communicate with apps on the inside. Since the apps require a direct link to the Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub in order to communicate with the Workspace ONE UEM console, the apps cannot be configured inside the container. In order to use productivity apps with Knox, the device must be enrolled using Android Enterprise on a device running Knox 3.x or higher.

Web Links for Android Devices

Web links applications function much like an application on a device. They provide end users a way to access a URL directly from an icon on the menu of their device. The end user sees the web links application icon and title, selects the application, and connects directly to a specified URL.

Web links applications are useful for navigation to extended URLs with many characters. You can place web links application icons on the springboard. These icons connect end users to internal content repositories or login screens, so end users do not open a browser and type out a long URL.

You can add web links as an application in the Resources section of the Workspace ONE UEM console. For more information on adding web links for Android, see Add Web Links Applications .