Google announces Android phone recommendation program for businesses


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Google has announced Android Enterprise Recommended, a program to help businesses select, deploy, and manage Android devices and services based on elevated enterprise requirements validated by Google.

David Still, Director, Android Enterprise:

Android Enterprise Recommended establishes best practices and common requirements for devices and services, backed by a thorough testing process conducted by Google. Devices in the program meet an elevated set of specifications for hardware, deployment, security updates, and user experience to help organizations handle the most challenging and diverse business environments. In addition, OEMs in the program receive an enhanced level of technical support and training from Google.

To be eligible, Google is providing a list of requirements, which includes support for bulk deployment of Android devices including zero-touch enrollment; delivery of Android security updates within 90 days of release from Google, for a minimum of three years; availability of unlocked devices, direct from manufacturer or reseller - just to name of a few. These requirements will be updated frequently with each new Android release.

And here’s the first list of Android Enterprise Recommended handsets, with more to be added in the “coming weeks and months”:

  • BlackBerry KEYone, Motion
  • Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
  • Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P10, P10 Plus, P10 Lite, P smart
  • LG V30, G6
  • Motorola X4, Z2
  • Nokia 8
  • Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, XA2, XA2 Ultra

Throughout 2018, the search giant will also be applying the Android Enterprise Recommended framework to additional partner types, including OEMs of “dedicated” and rugged devices, mobile carriers, enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers, and systems integrators.

Source: Google.