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Google Expands ‘Android Enterprise Recommended’ with Rugged Devices

Back in February, Google unveiled its Android Enterprise Recommended program, a “list of approved, Android-based devices and services” that meet elevated enterprise requirements to help businesses pick, deploy and manage with no frills.

Recognizing the transformation of enterprise mobility going far beyond the office walls, Google announced today, it’s adding a new category of “rugged devices” to the list to help businesses pick and deploy trusted Android hardware for these growing use cases.

“Rugged devices, are the kind of smartphones that continues to work even through the harsh conditions and remain up-to-date over deployments that often last five years or more.”

“Today’s launch continues our commitment to improving the enterprise experience for customers,” Google wrote. “We hope these devices will serve existing use cases and also enable companies to pursue new mobility use cases to help them realize their goals.”

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The participating manufacturers In the first batch of these ruggedized products, Google is adding a list of devices from Zebra, Honeywell, Sonim, Point Mobile, Datalogic, and Panasonic is promised to also become part of this program in the near future.

Google said, “this category is designed to give confidence to the growing number of companies that are putting these dedicated devices to work, and make it easier to identify devices that are built to handle demanding workloads over a longer device lifetime.”

The minimum requirements for these rugged devices will continue to rise higher with each new Android release, said Google. As of today, requirements such as “minimum hardware support for Android 7+ devices, offer security updates within 90 days of release from Google, for a minimum of five years, be certified for ingress protection, rated for drop testing” are required.

They’ll also have to support at least one more major OS release, as well as support for bulk deployment of devices, including Android zero-touch enrollment, says Google. Full list of requirements can be found here.

To learn more about the Android Enterprise Recommended program, watch the video below or head over to the website to see the newest rugged devices in the Android Enterprise Solutions Directory.

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