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Google tries to make Android more enterprise-friendly with new recommendation program
March 24 2018, 07:43 | Alexander Lowe
Google launches Android smartphone recommendation program for enterprises
"Adding this distinction to our suite of enterprise-level capabilities, like LG GATE, further elevates our premium smartphones for business users and increases confidence for discerning IT decision makers". The program makes deployment of Android more consistent and easy to manage and helps ensure a customer's devices and services are current and up to date. The first batch of devices will be announced next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and will be available to purchase soon after.
In a blog post on Wednesday, Google announced the enterprise-focused Android Enterprise Recommended programme for devices that are said to meet "an elevated set of specifications for hardware, deployment, security updates, and user experience" helping businesses protect sensitive information from external threats.
Conspicuously missing from this list is anything by Samsung, a company that has programs in place like Knox specifically designed for the enterprise.
Google provide a full list of the Android Enterprise Recommended program requirements. This program is created to provide a minimum set of specifications to meet that. Because of this, Google is launching a new global initiative called Android Enterprise Recommended.
Google has revealed a new program created to make it easier for enterprise customers to safely select and deploy Android devices throughout their businesses from a range of manufacturers, although Samsung is missing from the list.
Manufacturers will also need to demonstrate that their device can be rolled out in bulk, be offered unlocked as a default, and be able to roll out Google's security updates within 90 days of release, for up to three years.
These include the BlackBerry KEYone, BlackBerry Motion, Nokia 8, LG V30, LG G6 and several Huawei, Motorola and Sony phones. Several major brands are now absent from the list though, including Samsung which already provides its own enterprise-specific features.
However, Google has suggested that Samsung could win its approval in the future, noting that "you can expect more Android Enterprise Recommended devices to be added in the coming weeks and months".