Date
14 December 2017
Google's latest acquisition allows users to securely separate office and personal data in Android tablets and smartphones. Photo: Bloomberg
Google's latest acquisition allows users to securely separate office and personal data in Android tablets and smartphones. Photo: Bloomberg

Google gives new meaning to office work

If you’re slaving over office work and not getting enough time for your own stuff, Google might have something for you.

The world’s largest search engine has snapped up Divide, a New York start-up that lets users securely separate their work and personal data on smartphones and tablets, according to the Financial Times.  

As its name suggests, Divide splits one device into two.

Google is targeting a growing number of workers who use their own smartphones and tablets instead of clunky hardware favored by many big companies, according to the report.

That may be good news for the workers but a potential nightmare for employers who risk losing sensitive data if, for instance, an employee misplaces his or her device.

Before the deal, Google had bought into Divide through a venture capital unit when the start-up raised US$24 million from investors including Qualcomm and Comcast.

Divide, formerly known as Enterproid, was founded in 2010 by three mobile executives. It has offices in Hong Kong and headquarters in New York.

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