Google launches Android device enterprise certification program

This involves a number of criteria, including minimum hardware specifications for Android 7.0 + devices, support for bulk deployment and managed profiles and devices for a consistent application experience across deployed devices. Google said that Android now powers more than 2 billion active devices from 1,300 brands across 24,000 unique products. The Oreo update was supposed to arrive in February but it's still a chimera for the majority of regular users.

In the world of Android, there are many choices when it comes to devices. Our partners will be announcing awesome new Android devices, you'll be able to see the growing industry momentum around RCS, and we'll be showcasing the latest from Google including Google Assistant and Lens.

The recommendation program from Google is no doubt a ploy to increase Android's business presence. This is in part due to the myriad of devices and customised operating system overlays that make up the Android market, making it comparatively hard to obtain a standardised set of products - something that Google hopes will be remedied by a curated list that has its own stamp of approval. This program is created to provide a minimum set of specifications to meet that. OEMs that are part of the programme will receive an enhanced level of training and device support from Google.

As for the devices they are recommending, these include a broad range of usual suspects, such as BlackBerry KEYone and Motion; Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (of course); Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P10, P10 Plus, P10 Lite and P smart; and LG V30 and G6, among others.

Requirements also state that security updates should be delivered within 90 days of their release from Google, that there be a consistent user experience on managed devices, and that unlocked devices must be available from the manufacturer or seller. Several major brands are now absent from the list though, including Samsung which already provides its own enterprise-specific features. 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.


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