Google Purchases Mobile-Device Manager Divide

May 19, 2014 03:05 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro


Google has announced that it has purchased Divide, a company whose software allows corporations to manage personal smartphones that consumers use while on the job, according to Reuters.

The New York-based company also confirmed the news in a post on its website today (May 19) that it was joining Google's Android team.

Divide's post didn't provide financial terms of the deal.

A Google spokesman declined to comment on the terms as well, according to Reuters.

A deal between the two companies would help Google's goal to become a bigger global company and to widen its corporate usage of tablets and smartphones running on Android.

The No. 1 internet search company in the world's Android mobile operating system is used in around three out of every four smartphones sold around the world, according to Reuters.

"Divide's mobile app separates a consumer's personal data and the corporate data contained on a phone, making it easier for businesses to manage disparate personal devices that consumers increasingly use on the job," said Reuters about the company.

The blog post said that the company will continue to offer its service to current customers.

Divide, formerly known as Enterproid, was founded back in 2010 by former Morgan Stanley executives, according to the Associated Press.

The company has raised over $25 million, included a $12 million round led by Google's venture capital arm, Google Ventures.

Divide also has offices in Hong Kong and London.

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