In the world of Android, there are many choices when it comes to devices.
In an effort to alleviate enterprises' concerns about the suitability of its Android mobile platform for business users, Google Inc. today launched a new recommendation program that establishes a set of best practices for smartphone makers. For many enterprise customers, the question of which Android phones should be used is hard to answer. OEMs that are part of the programme will receive an enhanced level of training and device support from Google. As far as requirements go, Google says Android Enterprise Recommended devices must meet minimum hardware requirements for Android 7.0 and later, support bulk deployment of devices, deliver security updates within 90 days of release from Google for up to three years, and offer unlocked devices.
The point of the program isn't to exclude other devices from enterprise consideration, though.
Google provide a full list of the Android Enterprise Recommended program requirements. It's unclear if these requirements will directly impact normal consumers (will anyone buying the Nokia 8 get three years of security updates?), but now business customers will have more devices to choose from.
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.
Google says it plans to add more devices to the list in the coming months, and also that it will be using this approach to handle classifications of devices like "rugged" devices and those handled by enterprise mobility management providers.
These guidelines will be updated after every Android release, so these are subject to change.
Here's an overview video Google published for the Enterprise Recommended program. There are also no HTC phones, but to be fair, the company left the door open for more devices and additional partners to be added over time.