There is a new Android phone recommendation program available today from Google called Android Enterprise Recommended. This new program is aimed at helping businesses find the right Android smartphone for their company needs. The main focus will be on reliability and security, which is very important for businesses. Android is known for being all over the place when it comes to updates of the operating system and overall security. If you have a business, read on to learn more about what the new Android phone recommendation program could do for you.
Android Phone Recommendation Program Now Live
Google just announced this new Android phone recommendation program went live, and will be focused solely on the businesses. This new program will basically okay certain Android devices for use in a corporate setting. All of these devices getting the greenlight are stable, secure, and get regular Android operating system updates.
Consistency in the Android market is hard to find. Many manufacturers do not push out updates as soon as they happen. Google is hoping by putting this program together, it will help the corporate world know which phones are suited for company use. For people in the business world, this could be good news overall. A lot of people are lost when it comes to which Android phones are the best and most secure.
The Android phone recommendation program will all have certified Android phones as part of the business-focused theme. Google wants to convince companies to essentially start relying on certain Android devices for their business. New requirements were put into place for this program. Any device has to meet these requirements before getting onto the list of certified devices. There are minimum hardware requirements that have to be met before being accepted. One requirement is the ability to update to Android 7 Nougat and Android 8 Oreo. Other requirements have also been listed out by Google. Each device will have to meet these rules in order to be certified into the program.
Android Phone Recommendation Program Devices Already Accepted
The requirements also are that the phones need to be unlocked or have the ability to be unlocked. Security updates also have to be delivered within three-months of Google releasing the updates. These security updates need to continue for three-years after that as well. Another requirement is that all devices recommended have to support bulk deployment. As far as which devices meet this requirement already, there have been some already accepted into the Android phone recommendation program.
The phones accepted already include the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. Beyond those, the Sony Xperia X, Nokia 8, LG V30, LG G6, Motorola X4, and Motorola Z2 are also in. The Huawei Mate 10, all P10 models, BlackBerry KeyOne, and Motion were also already accepted and certified. A few more Android phones and a few more requirements by Google are also part of the deal, but this gives you an idea of what Google is looking for in these devices.
Android Phone Recommendation Program Will Add Devices with Time
There will be more devices added to the Android phone recommendation program in the next few months. The main goal is to ensure that Android will be a more secured and trusted operating system for the business world. Windows 10, iOS, and macOS are thought of as being the most trusted in the workplace. Google really wants to see Android added to this list, so this might be the best way to get that done.
Tell us in the comments what you think of this news. Do you think this is going to put Android on the list of trusted workplace operating systems? What brand of devices does your company use in the workplace? Let us know whether or not you think this is a good idea or move in the right direction for Google.