AT&T Toggle app touts access to biz data on personal Android devices


AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is introducing Toggle, a new carrier-agnostic application enabling Android smartphone and tablet users to securely access business email, contacts and calendar information using the same device they carry in their everyday personal lives.

According to AT&T, Toggle enables users to carry one device optimized for any situation, creating a personal mode and corresponding work mode that segregates and safeguards business data from the user's games, social networking tools and other device customizations. Toggle integrates a web portal enabling IT administrators to manage which employees are granted access to company resources, add/update/delete business apps and remotely wipe all corporate information stored on the device in the event of loss or theft.

AT&T will launch Toggle across devices running Android 2.2 and higher--the app is expected to roll out during the remaining weeks of 2011. AT&T adds it plans to launch a series of services and features designed to give professionals expanded access to corporate data across their personal devices

More than 18,000 AT&T business customers have installed mobile apps--up almost 400 percent since the first quarter of 2011--the operator states. Earlier this year, Forrester Research reported that 60 percent of companies allow employees to use personal devices for work and offer IT support for some or all of these products.

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