Tech firm Google has launched a new advisory programme asking businesses to deploy Android devices of certain specifications only. The move comes after time spent by the company imbibing feedback on security updates and software experiences from customers.
Called Android Enterprise Recommended, the initiative states minimum specifications for businesses, such as Android 7.0+ devices, support for bulk deployment of Android devices including zero-touch enrolment, delivery of Android security updates within 90 days of release from Google for a minimum of three years, availability of unlocked devices directly from manufacturer or reseller and consistent application experience in managed profiles and on managed devices.
David Still, director, Android Enterprise, said the programme has been launched to address issues faced by clients. "Some of the top concerns include the need for frequent security updates, reliable and consistent software experiences, and simplified device selection."
He added that the devices in the programme meet a set of specifications for hardware, deployment, security updates and user experience to help organisations in diverse business environments. “In addition, original equipment makers (OEMs) in the programme receive an enhanced level of technical support and training from Google," Still said.
The programme tries to establish best practices and common requirements for devices and services suitable for businesses, after thorough testing.
Still also said that as the Android platform evolves, requirements stated by the initiative will be upgraded. Some of the devices recommended by the programme for enterprises are BlackBerry KEYone and Motion, its own 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, Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, XA2, and XA2 Ultra and Nokia 8. Samsung is missing from the list.
"You can expect more Android Enterprise Recommended devices to be added in the coming weeks and months. 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 providers and systems integrators," Still said.