Google also revealed that we're going to see new Android One and Android Oreo (Go) powered Smartphones from popular brands at MWC which is happening 26 Feb 2018 - 1 Mar 2018. After all, even Android 8.0 Oreo is not out yet for the two devices officially, though beta programs bring Oreo to adventurous users in the US, China, and South Korea. This involves a number of criteria, including minimum hardware specifications for Android 7.0 + devices, support for bulk deployment and managed profiles and devices for a consistent application experience across deployed devices. The program details several common requirements for smartphone devices and services that are backed by a rigorous testing process carried out by Google itself. Android Enterprise Recommended gives customers confidence by curating a selection of validated devices and services that meet elevated enterprise requirements from approved partners who have been trained and supported by Google.
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.
The idea of Android Enterprise Recommended is to certify specific Android devices as being suitable for enterprise use.
The full list of badge-earning Android devices so far is as follows: the BlackBerry KeyOne and Motion, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL, Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P10, P10 Plus, P10 Lite, and P smart, LG V30 and G6, Motorola X4 and Z2, Nokia 8 and the Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, XA2, and XA2 Ultra.
The program also requires that within 90 days of Google releasing them manufacturers make security updates available for at least three years. This is in part due to the myriad of devices and customised operating system overlays that make up the Android market, making it comparatively hard to obtain a standardised set of products - something that Google hopes will be remedied by a curated list that has its own stamp of approval.
"You can expect more Android Enterprise Recommended devices to be added in the coming weeks and months".