Enterprise ready: Google launch Android Enterprise Recommended

Originally published at: https://bayton.org/2018/02/enterprise-ready-google-launch-android-enterprise-recommended/

Today Google announced Android Enterprise Recommended, a certification program for devices that aims to finally answer the age-old question – What devices are recommended for business use? While Google has made an effort in the past to list devices suitable for business use based on support for Android enterprise and zero-touch, there has been no clear set of requirements that guarantee the devices in question offer extended software support, adopt a unified Android enterprise provisioning experience or meet minimum hardware expectations. Partners, resellers and systems integrators all work with customers in the enterprise on a regular basis and will each by now have their own preferences based on experience, relationships with OEMs and other factors. Many, however, have to juggle customer requirements in trying to find the best balance between functionality and budget available, sometimes resulting in a device that may be under-specced or potentially unsuitable for the needs of the customer. With no stringent requirements in place to define what an enterprise device should be, the process can and has been a challenging one. With Android Enterprise Recommended, that changes. Devices submitted for certification will be thoroughly tested against Google’s “established best practices and common requirements”. Some of those include: Minimum hardware specifications for Android 7.0+ devices Support for bulk deployment of Android devices including zero-touch enrollment Delivery of Android security updates within 90 days of release from Google, for a minimum of three years Availability of unlocked devices, direct from manufacturer or reseller Consistent application experience in managed…