Google teams with Sprint on Apps, touts new Drive security API

Sprint will start offering its own "mobile-centric" version of Google Apps for Business soon.

Following Dropbox's lead , Google is touting new security measures for its own cloud-based storage service.

The Internet giant is further reaching out to developers with an Audit API, which was designed to provide IT administrators with constant activity information on documents stored on the platform. These actions include uploading and downloading files, renaming files, editing, commenting, and file sharing.

Auditing actually already came to Google Drive last month with the introduction of Google Drive for Work amid the I/O 2014 developer summit.

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Chuck Coulson, head of Google Apps and Drive technology partnerships, explained in a blog post on Wednesday that "this is only the beginning" while inviting Google Apps customers and developers to tap into the API.

"This new security feature helps companies and IT managers protect confidential information and gain insights into how their employees work," Coulson posited.

Also on Wednesday, it was announced that Google would be teaming with Sprint to speed up adoption in the workplace of mobile Google Apps. 

The latest figures from Mountain View note that more than five million businesses already deploy Google Apps within their networks, but it is not clear how many of those actively support (or encourage) collaboration and usage on mobile devices.

Nevertheless, as a member of the Google Apps Partner Program, Sprint will start offering its own "mobile-centric" version of Google Apps for Business. This package will consist of single sign-on, 24/7 support and online training, and Sprint-specific touches such as Sprint Spark and HD Voice technologies.

The initiative is scheduled to launch in August.