Google wants Divide to conquer

Search engine outfit Google is about to write a cheque for a start-up it financed which aims to put Android software into enterprise environments.

The company is Divide. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the Divide team will join the Android team.

Divide uses a container approach, in which corporate information is separated from personal information on a device. That allows businesses to manage their data even on devices they don’t own, and gives individuals freedom to still use their phone to run the kinds of apps they want to.

The company had raised some $25 million from investors including Google Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners and Harmony Partners.

The move is seen as a way that Android can compete with Microsoft and Blackberry for lucrative corporate clients.

Divide had an early deal with AT&T to power that carrier’s approach, but AT&T went with a rival for an updated version of the service.

Divide was started by Alexander Trewby and it has its background in the especially security-conscious financial services sector.

Motorola had bought a similar company, 3LM, but it’s not yet clear if that will stay or go with the larger team moving to Lenovo.