Google reveals Android Enterprise Recommended initiative: The best Android devices for enterprise users

Google today announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program, an initiative that aims to provide enterprise customers with quality recommendations as to what Android devices they are actually endorsed to use. Its aim is to showcase and recommend devices that not only provide a seamless and coherent experience, but are also secure and get updated frequently so as to always provide the best software experience possible.

But what requirements does a manufacturer need to meet to have their device certified by the Android Enterprise Recommended?

For starters, we have some minimum hardware requirements, and those are at least 2GB of RAM,  32GB of storage, a 1.4GHz chipset or faster, 64-bit architecture, battery life of at least 8 hours, 2MP front and 10MP rear cameras. 

More importantly, the devices have to allow for QR code and zero-touch enrollment methods, whereas the manufacturer has a 90-day window to deliver the latest security updates. An unlocked version of the device also needs to be purchasable fro the manufacturer directly or from a 3rd-party distributor. The full list of requirements is available right here.

So far, Google has either certified or plans to certify the following phones as Android Enterprise Recommended:

source: Google



1. shandesilva

Posts: 105; Member since: Mar 28, 2012 Samsung phone ?

2. gigicoaste

Posts: 461; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

but at least is Huawei P10 Lite! :) /s

6. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

No phones with lag and forced closures are not recommended

11. shandesilva

Posts: 105; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Bit of lag is because of all the useful features baked in. Don't forget that they invented some android features, now standard , before google. Besides...lag is not that bad as to be unberable.

15. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

What useful functions? LOL

21. shandesilva

Posts: 105; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

use a samsung note and see for yourself. LOL

18. SammyFanBOY

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 29, 2018

And no Rotten Apple phones as well!

8. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016

Slow software updates, even security patches.. So it didn't make it on the list. But well, it could be changed soon

12. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

The security updates aren't slow. My S6 edge is still receiving updates, and it's definitely receiving them within the 90 day window, so stop talking thrash when you clearly don't use a Samsung device as your daily driver.

13. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

Samsung has better. KNOX

14. Subpixel

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 22, 2018

There is Note 8 in the list.

3. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

I honestly can’t believe google is recommending people to buy Huawei phones! Like these things officially get one year of updates!

4. Jj506a

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 02, 2017

Samsung has Knox which has been voted by business analyst firm Gartner most secure platform for the past 3 years so they have their own enterprise solution initiative.

7. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017


9. Jj506a

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 02, 2017

Doubtful look at the presidents there have been 2 devices they have used. It's been either a Samsung or an Apple device can't get there without a secure proof of viability.

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I'm not very fond of Samsung phones but Knox is absolutely great in combination with a decent MDM solution. We use AirWatch at work and the things you can set on a Samsung are astounding. We use specially prepped (by a Samsung Knox Mobile Enrollment vendor) Samsung devices and it makes life so much easier.

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You realize of course that Knox is secure because Samsung enlisted BlackBerry's assistance in return for the AMOLED displays used on the Priv. Each company got something favorable in return so that was a square deal.

5. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Samsung qualifies for this, so i suppose it's just Google being petty for not adding them to the list at the very start? They will probably just be added later.

17. srgonu

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Awwww.... Huawei mate 10 pro counted twice.Does it mean double certification? Not fair... lol

19. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

Good news. Google is pushing OEM's in two important areas: Quicker security patches and requiring the sale of an unlocked version of the phone with no carrier strings attached.. Thumbs up to Google

20. Blazers

Posts: 766; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

More and more, it seems Google and Samsung are heading in opposite directions. Both not really willing to work with each other. One of the two needs to extend the olive branch, I don't really see that happening anytime soon.

22. Sleeplessmedal

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 02, 2018

Woah? Nokia 8 just made the list and S8 did not? Looks like a comeback story for me ;)

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