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Android Enterprise Recommended highlights the best phones for businesses

As a regular consumer, deciding which Android phone is best for you can often be a real struggle. When you're in charge of a company and trying to find the best phone for your employees and co-workers, this struggle is exacerbated even more. To help alleviate some of the headaches that can come with this, Google is launching the Android Enterprise Recommended program.

Android Enterprise Recommended will highlight phones that Google deems to be the best fit for businesses/enterprises, and devices that are part of the program must be running Android 7.0 Nougat or later, offer zero-touch enrollment with bulk deployment to employees, run the latest Android security patches within 90 days of their release, and more.

These guidelines will be updated alongside the release of each new Android version, and for OEMs that have handsets within the program, they'll receive "an enhanced level of technical support and training from Google."

Android Enterprise Recommended is launching with 22 phones that meet its requirements, including:

  • Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL
  • BlackBerry KEYone and Motion
  • LG V30 and G6
  • Moto X4 and Z2 Force Edition
  • Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P10, P10 Plus, P10 Lite, and P Smart
  • Nokia 8
  • Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium

More devices will be added to this list over the next few weeks and months, and Google says the framework for Android Enterprise Recommended will be expanded to other areas in 2018, including rugged and "dedicated" devices, mobile carriers, enterprise mobility management providers, and systems integrators.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

12 Comments
  • So.. Huawei.. Are they spying or not??
  • They are not. The US government just sucks.
  • You're a spy for china
  • Hmm, no Samsung or HTC.
  • LG updates their phones? I thought the LG G6 doesn't even have 7.1. Are they doing security updates but not platform updates?
  • Find it funny no blackberrys are on this list even though they have proven time and time again they are the best at enterprise and business applications. P.S. Huawei and ZTE are not spying on us no more or less than our own government. They are just playing into Samsung and Apple revenues
  • Blackberry KEYone and Motion are listed.
  • No BlackBerrys? Did you even read the article?
  • While I use a Galaxy S8 for my business, I would only consider iPhones for my employees. I LOVE Android and all but in America iPhone is king and what most people are comfortable with.
  • I actually can say exactly the opposite.
  • What do you sell at your business?
  • I'd much rather use Android for business or personal use, iOS just sucks.