Wednesday , February 21 2018

Google (finally) brings a Google Apps admin app to Android

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Google Apps is a fantastic service which allows organisations (like Ausdroid) to leverage Google’s cloud and applications under a ‘white label’ arrangement. Through Google Apps, entire organisations, from small ones like Ausdroid to large ones like entire universities in the US, can offer email addresses under their own domain name, with shared contacts, calendar, Drive access, and all other services under one umbrella.

I don’t mind coming out and saying Google Apps is great for our business, and if your business uses it too, you’ll probably agree with me. One thing that hasn’t been so great in the past though is the lack of a mobile administration tool. You can picture the scenario: you’re on the go, and someone calls you because they need a password reset or a new account created.

Previously, you would have to find a computer and load the Google Apps Administrator web interface, or worse, try and navigate it on your mobile via a non-optimized website. While workable, it really wasn’t a great solution — in fact, I’d go as far as to say it was a glaring oversight, considering just how much muscle is behind Google this really should have been done earlier.

Well, kvetch no longer. Today, Google has unveiled a new app called, simply, Google Admin. Google Admin allows Apps administrators convenient access to the most commonly used features of the Apps Administration dashboard, including:

  • Adding or suspending users;
  • Resetting passwords;
  • Managing group membership; and
  • Directly calling or emailing users from the dashboard.

I’ve included some screenshots of these new features below, but if you’re an Apps administrator you really should give this a look — it’s a great new tool for busy business owners and tech support guys.

Do note though, you’ll need to have API access enabled for your Google Apps organisation before setting up the app, or it won’t work properly. Instructions for doing this are available on Google’s support pages.

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Source: Google Enterprise Blog.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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3 Comments on "Google (finally) brings a Google Apps admin app to Android"

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Peter Massey
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Gah, no support for the Google Nexus 7 but can install it on the TF101!

Pete
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Pete

Seems to work well on the free Google Apps domains too.

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Pity it doesn’t allow Google Apps Resellers access to their clients’ admin panels yet.

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