Having conquered the consumer market, Google is taking steps to make Android OS enterprise-compliant. One such new initiative is called “Android Enterprise Recommended”. It is publicized as a means of finding “the best enterprise devices and services Android has to offer”. A list of the first set of Android Enterprise Recommended devices is ready.
The consumer market has always been Android’s strong forte. As a matter of fact, one of the reasons that Android OS has thrived is its consumer-facing outlook. Millions of smartphones in the hands of consumers around the world run Google’s mobile operating system.
What is Android Enterprise Recommended?
Android Enterprise Recommended is a programme through which Google recommends devices that meet enterprise requirements that it has set. Google’s statement says:
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.
All phones in the programme will business-oriented apps and IT services, as well as provide guaranteed security updates every 90 days.
Available Android Enterprise Recommended devices
AAs at the launch of the programme, Google has the following Android devices on its Android Enterprise Recommended devices list:
1. BlackBerry: KEYone and Motion.
2. Google: Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL
3. Huawei: Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P10, P10 Plus, P10 Lite, and P smart
4. LG: V30 and G6
4. Motorola: X4 and Z2
5. Nokia: 8
6. Sony Xperia: XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, XA2, and XA2 Ultra.
So, if your company’s IT department are looking for the most suitable devices for deployment, the above-listed devices have been certified by Google as fit for the task.
Where Are Samsung Devices?
The absence of Samsung smartphones on Google’s initial Android Enterprise Recommended devices is conspicuous. One wonders why none of them is listed. Samsung had taken steps to build security and enterprise features into their devices. This was ahead of most other Android device manufacturers.
Google says that more devices will be tested verified and added to the list, so be on the lookout. To read more about Android Enterprise Recommended, click HERE.