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BlackBerry UEM allows you to choose apps from Google Play to be deployed to your Android Enterprise users. Apps can be configured to be required or optional. This is a simple process for free applications. But you may wonder how this should be done for paid apps. It would be very inefficient to just whitelist a paid app in BlackBerry UEM and have employees purchase and expense it to the company. The better approach is to use the bulk licensing feature of Google Play.
Step 1 – Make the Bulk Purchase in Google Play
The first step is to make a bulk purchase in Google Play. To do so log into https://play.google.com/work with the Google account used to set up Android Enterprise on your BlackBerry UEM server. After selecting the app you wish to purchase, you’ll see screens similar to the one below, where you can click on the Buy button to purchase licenses in bulk.
Step 2 – Add the App to BlackBerry UEM
The process to add a bulk license app to BlackBerry UEM is the same as any other app found in Google Play.
From the left menu in BlackBerry UEM choose Apps
Click on the Add App button
Choose Google Play
Locate the application and click Approve
Step 3 – View Used and Available App Licenses in BlackBerry UEM
As shown in step 1, you can log into Google Play Work with your Android Enterprise administrator account to view the used and available app licenses. This information is also visible in BlackBerry UEM (version 12.8+). To see it, follow the steps below.
From the left BlackBerry UEM menu, expand Apps
Click on Android app licenses
Scroll to view the desired application
Following the steps above will allow you to efficiently distribute paid apps from Google Play to Android Enterprise users.
This release includes a number of improvements in the service, including a big one for developers looking to rapidly prototype their ideas, and a new client for those keen on IoT, especially for Raspberry Pi.
New Development Support:
Android ARM 64 support (means you can run Spark applications on ARM-64 Android devices, including Android emulators on your PC)
Improved Trial Experience
We have simplified the trial process, you no longer have to specify your own identity manager for development use
This will allow you to rapidly protype your ideas, or get started with one of our sample apps faster then ever.
Linux Client (preview)
Includes samples and updated guide information for linux.
x86_64 support for development on desktop, and especially Raspberry Pi’s (currently r64 Pi only).
Chat Events – Online-only messages that can be used to send real-time data, such as location info
Sync Private Chat data – lets you have your own private data field for each chat.