Google tries to make Android more enterprise-friendly with new recommendation program

  • Google tries to make Android more enterprise-friendly with new recommendation program

Google tries to make Android more enterprise-friendly with new recommendation program

The idea of Android Enterprise Recommended is to certify specific Android devices as being suitable for enterprise use. To rectify this problem, Google has announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program to suggest a set of phones that meet the requirements set by the search giant. For many enterprise customers, the question of which Android phones should be used is hard to answer. In addition, OEMs in the program receive an enhanced level of technical support and training from Google.

Minimum hardware requirements of the Android Enterprise Recommended programme include 2GB RAM, 32GB inbuilt storage, a 1.4GHz SoC, over 8 hours of battery life, 64-bit architecture, 2-megapixel front camera, and a 10-megapixel rear camera.

For devices running Android 7.0 or higher, the minimum specifications include support for bulk deployment with zero-touch enrollment, 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, and a consistent application experience in managed profiles and on managed devices. Those deals may not generate a significant amount of cash for Google when compared to its core advertising business, but it does put more Android devices in the hands of company employees who, at the end of the day, are also consumers whose habits and behaviors on Android feed back into the overall Google ecosystem. There are also no HTC phones, but to be fair, the company left the door open for more devices and additional partners to be added over time.

Here's the full list of Enterprise Recommended devices as it stands right now.

Samsung's exclusion means would-be users of the Enterprise Recommended program will have to make do with the handsets listed here, and made by Google itself, Sony, LG, Motorola, Huawei, BlackBerry and Nokia. The company is looking to extend the Android Enterprise Recommended framework to partners like mobile carriers, OEMs of rugged devices, Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) providers, and systems integrators.