Google excludes Samsung from biz-focused 'Android Recommended' initiative

Google announces Android Enterprise Recommended program

Google's Android Enterprise Recommended certifies devices for work, security needs

While fewer companies are probably still buying phones for their employees - those kind of programs tended to peak with the old stalwart BlackBerry devices in the days before "Bring Your Own Device" programs popped up - those that do and want to use Android, need to have devices that they can manage and deploy in a consistent way. When you look closely, though, some devices are better than others in categories such as frequent security updates and reliable software experiences.

All of the devices recommend by the new program are certified as meeting Google's minimum enterprise specifications for hardware, security updates and user experience.

As the name implies, it's created to point enterprise IT departments at devices that Google has deemed to be enterprise-ready.

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.

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"We are delighted that the Nokia 8 has been selected by Google to be included in the Android Enterprise Recommended programme", said Andrej Sonkin, GM enterprise business, HMD Global.

With this program, Google is handpicking which devices are best for the world of enterprise. Funny, I thought we were trying to avoid Huawei at all cost. Typical of Google, the company has already partnered with smartphone makers to ensure a number of devices meet the requirements at launch. Needless to say, most of these requirements shouldn't be deal breakers for any major OEM.

Even though Google has added several features to Android to make it more enterprise-friendly, but choosing individual devices for deployment remains a point of confusion for many companies. More devices will be added in the coming weeks and months, Google said, including other types of devices and partners, such as rugged devices, mobile carriers, enterprise mobility management providers and systems integrators.

Here's an overview video Google published for the Enterprise Recommended program.

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