Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Google starts programme to certify Android phones for enterprise use

Google starts programme to certify Android phones for enterprise use

The first batch of devices will be announced next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and will be available to purchase soon after. I recently learned from Google's Sean Ginevan that even Android Go, the slimmed-down version of Android made for entry-level devices, supports Android enterprise. According to 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".

The Android enterprise recommended program would "raise the bar of excellence" for enterprise devices and services, he said.

The point of the program isn't to exclude other devices from enterprise consideration, though.

Throughout 2018, we will also be applying the Android Enterprise Recommended framework to additional partner types, including OEMs of "dedicated" and rugged devices, mobile carriers, enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers and systems integrators.

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

"Earning the Android Enterprise Recommended certification underscores LG's commitment to continual improvements in enterprise security and is paramount to the brand's overall promise to deliver capable and secure devices for any workforce, large or small", said Chris Yie, head of mobile operations, LG Electronics USA. Devices also have to support managed profiles, zero-touch enrolment in deployment strategies and a "consistent" app experience.

At launch, Google is partnering with numerous OEMs to get several smartphone variants onboard with the programme.

Among the devices highlighted by the new program are Google's own Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL offerings, but the list also includes the Huawei Mate 10 and P10, BlackBerry KeyOne and Motion, LG V30, Sony Xperia X, and the Nokia 8.

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