The enterprise market is one area where choice, either in hardware or software, doesn’t always mix, as IT professionals need to keep track of a wide range of devices. Making that easier appears to be a big goal for Google, as it has just announced a new initiative to help.
Google isn’t aiming to reduce the amount of devices available for enterprise customers, but is hoping to help reduce the strain on IT pros by offering handsets that offer “best practices and common requirements for devices and services”. According to Google, the devices in the Android Enterprise Recommended program are chosen specifically for their adherence to an elevated set of specifications regarding hardware, security updates, deployment, and user experiences.
Google will also be offering “an enhanced level of technical support and training” for devices that are approved for the program.
Here is the bullet list for some of the requirements Google will be looking for:
- Minimum hardware specifications for Android 7.0+ devices
- 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
- Consistent application experience in managed profiles and on managed devices
And as Google releases new versions of the Android operating system, the company will update its program requirements.
As for devices are supported in Android Enterprise Recommended program, they are:
- 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
Google also confirmed that it will be adding new devices to the mix over the next several weeks and months.