With Apple courting businesses with the iPad Pro, and Microsoft continuing similar efforts with its Surface line of tablets, Android tablets often seem like an afterthought when it comes to a mobility solution in the workplace. Asus hopes to challenge that perception with its new ZenPad M slates, which will feature the company's own device-management software.
Given the open-source nature of their operating system, Android devices can be even trickier to wrangle than their competitors, a big concern for businesses worried about deploying a fleet of tablets out in the wild. The best-known solution to this problem is Samsung's Knox, enterprise security software that's deployed on the company's popular Galaxy S Android phones. It now has a competitor in ADAM, the acronym for Asus Device Admin for Mobile, which comes pre-loaded on the new ZenPad M tablets.
We know little about the ZenPad M specs, other than it will come in 7-inch (similar in look to the ZenPad 8) and 10-inch versions, but a video Asus has created (shown below) provides some details about ADAM. Features bundled in the system include mass deployments of software updates, data wipes of tablets in case of theft, and kiosk mode to limit employees to using a single app. Remote screen shots can be taken to confirm that a software update has been applied successfully. Asus also provides a set of APIs that will allow third parties to integrate their enterprise software with ADAM.
Asus may provide more details about the ZenPad M at this week's Mobile World Congress, but in the meantime, take a look at the company's video about the new devices and the ADAM solution.