Google announces Android Enterprise Recommended program to certify phones for business use

Android, Google’s Mobile operating system is most popular Mobile OS in the world, But when it comes to regular security update and long-term software updates, it doesn’t have a particularly excellent track record. Apart from Google’s own pixel and nexus series and few Motorola and HMD Global phones, other OEMs rarely roll out the latest Android OTAs after 12 months of launch.

Around 2 billion active devices shipped by the Google and other Android OEMs around the world. Which made it a big target when it comes to vulnerabilities and headache for the enterprise. To secure the company data is a top priority for businesses and it’s the main reason to release monthly security updates. Google does not fully control the program Android Enterprise Recommended.

Google’s Android Enterprise Recommended program will help enterprise customers to find the best phones for them. It’s an awesome global initiative to find the phones who receives security updates frequently. Google does not control the program Android Enterprise Recommended.

Those phones are want to part the Google’s Android Enterprise Recommended program must fill the minimum requirements.  And also other OEMs will get training and support from Google for part of the validation process.

We have listed some of the minimum requirements for the Android Enterprise Recommended program.
  • Delivery of Android security updates within 90 days of release from Google, for a minimum of three years.
  • Support for bulk deployment of Android devices including zero-touch enrollment.
  • Minimum hardware specifications for Android 7.0+ devices.
  • Consistent application experience in managed profiles and on managed devices.
  • Delivery of Android security updates within 90 days of release from Google, for a minimum of three years.

You can find the full list of minimum requirements for the Android Enterprise Recommended program, here.

We have listed some number of market-leading devices in the Android Enterprise Recommended program:

  • Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL
  • LG V30 and G6
  • BlackBerry KEYone and Motion
  • Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P10, P10 Plus, P10 Lite, and P smart
  • Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, XA2, and XA2 Ultra
  • Motorola X4 and Z2
  • Nokia 8

All the included devices are not a flagship; there are few mid-range devices also available on the list. Google says that it will add more phones to the list in the coming weeks and months. The tech giant also announced that it will extend the Android Enterprise Recommended framework to mobile carriers, OEMs of dedicated and rugged devices,  systems integrators and enterprise mobility management providers.

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