1. Ry's Avatar
    Android Enterprise Recommended is a Google-validated program where devices and carriers are recommended for enterprise use. The goal of this program is to "Raise the bar of excellence for enterprise mobility" to address concerns that Google has heard from customers that include the need for frequent security updates, reliable and consistent software experiences, and a simplified device selection.



    When it comes to devices, the requirements can be found here.

    Security update support 90-day security updates
    Major update release support Support current shipping release + one letter upgrade
    Unlocked device availability Unlocked device must be available for purchase by enterprise customers through either:
    • A 3rd-party distributor
    • Direct from manufacturer

    *Devices that are targeted exclusively for one specific country may apply for an exemption.

    Clarifying the length of support, Google notes these are some of the requirements and best practices.

    Some of the Android Enterprise Recommended requirements and best practices 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 profiles and on managed devices
    So what devices does Google recommend? The list was recently updated and new devices have been added. As of this post, here are the Android devices Google recommends based on the Android Enterprise Recommended program:

    • BlackBerry KEYone
    • BlackBerry Motion
    • Google Pixel
    • Google Pixel XL
    • Google Pixel 2
    • Google Pixel 2 XL
    • HUAWEI Mate 10
    • HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro
    • HUAWEI MediaPad M5
    • HUAWEI P Smart
    • HUAWEI P10
    • HUAWEI P10 Plus
    • HUAWEI P10 lite
    • HUAWEI P20
    • HUAWEI P20 Pro
    • LG G6
    • LG V30
    • Motorola Moto X4
    • Motorola Moto Z2 Force Edition
    • Motorola Moto Z3 Play
    • Motorola Moto G6
    • Motorola Moto G6 Plus
    • New Nokia6
    • Nokia 3.1
    • Nokia 5.1
    • Nokia 7 Plus
    • Nokia 8
    • Nokia 8 Sirocco
    • Sharp AQUOS sense SH-01K
    • Sonim XP8
    • Sony Xperia XA2
    • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
    • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    • Sony Xperia XZ1
    • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
    • Sony Xperia XZ2
    • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact


    You can check this link for the most up to date list.

    A bit of a side note: included in these requirements is a requirement for Zero-Touch enrollment for seamless setup and deployment of
    corporate-owned devices.

    Current carrier partners for this include:

    • Deutshe Telecom
    • AT&T
    • SoftBank
    • Verizon
    • BT


    What do you think about these devices and the Android Enterprise Recommended program? Good start? Is it enough for security in enterprise?



    hallux likes this.
    06-14-2018 03:33 PM
  2. hallux's Avatar
    A bit of a side note: included in these requirements is a requirement for Zero-Touch enrollment for seamless setup and deployment of
    corporate-owned devices.
    I'm curious what this entails. My customer (I work for a company doing contract IT support, dedicated to one company at one location) uses MobileIron to do the configuration and device management.
    06-14-2018 04:53 PM
  3. Ry's Avatar
    I'm curious what this entails. My customer (I work for a company doing contract IT support, dedicated to one company at one location) uses MobileIron to do the configuration and device management.
    As I understand it, set up out of the box. As in I can order 100 handsets from carrier A, and have all of the work accounts (and software) ready to go without going manually handset by handset.
    06-18-2018 04:56 PM
  4. hallux's Avatar
    As I understand it, set up out of the box. As in I can order 100 handsets from carrier A, and have all of the work accounts (and software) ready to go without going manually handset by handset.
    So, similar to Apple's DEP (Device Enrollment Program).

    That's a two-pronged approach - it prevents someone from outside the organization from setting up the device and it simplifies the enrollment.
    06-18-2018 05:07 PM
  5. J Dubbs's Avatar
    I'm not surprised that there's no Samsung's on the list...... there really shouldn't be any Motorola/Lenovo either. As long as the major Android phone producers are dragging their proverbial azzes on the software and security update front, there's going to be constant customer complaints and loss of sales.

    I do think Google is on the right track about fixing the problem though. I'll be buying nothing but pixels from here on out as long as I'm using Android, or until the other manufacturers get their acts together.
    06-23-2018 06:09 AM
  6. Ry's Avatar
    I'm not surprised that there's no Samsung's on the list...... there really shouldn't be any Motorola/Lenovo either. As long as the major Android phone producers are dragging their proverbial azzes on the software and security update front, there's going to be constant customer complaints and loss of sales.

    I do think Google is on the right track about fixing the problem though. I'll be buying nothing but pixels from here on out as long as I'm using Android, or until the other manufacturers get their acts together.
    Supposedly Samsung is doing their own thing with KNOX. And all the Motos are newer.

    Regular consumers aren't complaining so it's not a big deal. It's the IT folks that have to deploy devices to enterprises that need this.
    06-24-2018 09:19 PM

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