Today, we’re very excited to announce same-day support for Google’s second-generation of work-focused glasses— Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 (EE2).
From a hardware perspective, Google Glass EE2 is an important step forward for enterprises utilizing augmented reality (AR) technology. It includes a number of improvements that customers have been asking for, including enhanced camera performance and thermal management, longer battery life, more memory, and a faster processor. However, the most significant improvements are in its software upgrades. Glass EE2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo (EE1 runs Android 4.4 KitKat) and is an Android Open Source Project (AOSP)-supported device. It is also the first and only headset to support Android Enterprise, which delivers standardized security and management capabilities for IT, including a wide range of management APIs to prevent data leakage and enforce compliance. Glass EE2 supports Android Enterprise QR code enrollment to make setup as simple as possible, the glasses are shipped pre-configured with Google’s Device Provisioning Wizard. As soon as the glasses are turned on, all IT has to do is generate a QR code in the Workspace ONE console (containing files/actions, apps, and profiles), tap to provision, scan the QR code, and the device is enrolled. Once enrolled, IT can continue to remotely track and monitor their Glass deployment from the console. The introduction of Android Enterprise is a huge step forward for the augmented reality space, further legitimizing the use of smart glasses in the enterprise. VMware has been working closely with Google since 2015 to provide advanced support for Android Enterprise, particularly for corporate-owned, mission-critical devices enrolled in managed device mode.
Workspace ONE provides a simple yet robust solution to manage and support any device— from smartphones and laptops to rugged devices and wearables—from one central console. For Glass EE2 and other smart glasses (including mixed and virtual reality headsets), Workspace ONE enables IT to save time and resources with low-touch enrollment and over-the-air configuration, protect corporate data with device controls and policies, and give workers access to mission-critical apps.