Google launches Android enterprise recommendation program to certify devices for business and security


With billions of Android phones available in the market, it’s often complicated and complex for enterprise IT organizations and business to find a perfect smartphone that suits the organization. To make it easy, Google today launched a new Android enterprise recommendation program that will help to certify devices for business and security-focused needs.

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Android enterprise recommendation program is a Google-led global initiative and is validated by Google. The program establishes best practices and common requirements for devices and services with thorough testing process conducted by Google. The smartphones in the program meet an elevated set of specifications for hardware, deployment, security updates, and user experience to help with challenging task of selecting the right device.

Furthermore, OEMs in the program will also get an enhanced level of technical support and training from Google. Some of the requirements include phones running 7.0+, support for bulk deployment of Android devices, delivery of Android security updates within 90 days of release for a minimum of three years, availability of unlocked devices, direct from manufacturer or reseller, and consistent application experience in managed profiles and on managed devices.

Google also mentioned that it will keep updating the Android Enterprise Recommended program requirements to ensure the best experience for enterprise customers.

Currently, the list of enterprise devices include 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, and XA2 Ultra. The list will be expanded in the coming weeks and months, said Google.

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