Google wants to make it easier to adopt Android in the enterprise.
Google today launched the Android Enterprise Recommended program, which aims to make it easy for enterprises and IT professionals to get Android devices into their organizations. Devices in this program are tested by Google to meet specifications for hardware, deployment, security updates, and user experience.
Some of the requirements for devices in the Android Enterprise Recommended program include Android 7.0 or higher, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 10MP rear and 2MP front cameras, and 8 or more hours of battery life.
Devices must also support bulk deployment with zero-touch enrollment, be available unlocked, and get Android security updates within 90 days of Google for a minimum of 3 years.
Here are the first devices to be included in the Android Enterprise Recommended program:
- BlackBerry KEYone and Motion
- Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL
- Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P10, P10 Plus, P10 Lite, and P smart
- LG V30 and G6
- Motorola X4 and Z2
- Nokia 8
- Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, XA2, and XA2 Ultra
More devices will be added in the future.
Many enterprises rely on smartphones to stay connected, but with so many mobile devices out there, it can be difficult to pick one that offers the performance and security that a business user needs. With the Android Enterprise Recommended program, Google wants to make it considerably easier for enterprise users to pick out new hardware, giving them the confidence that whichever device they choose will meet certain hardware requirements and will consistently get security updates for 3 years.