Google just included the Google Pixel 2 in its Android Enterprise Recommended program, which is a certification program that will help selecting Android smartphones for businesses according to the security level they are able to provide. Alongside the Pixel lineup, the company also lists other models by Sony, Nokia and BlackBerry, among others.
Security is one of the elements that has always been highly relevant in the field of technology and, more recently, in the smartphone world. These electronical devices have become real mini portable PCs due to the constant increase in performance and the improvement of the user experience. In fact, smartphones have also become a must-have tool for everybody, especially in the business sector.
Android smartphones for businesses certification program
A smartphone is a true database. Whether they are highly relevant or not, every user trust these devices with a great amount of information, data and personal multimedia content. This fact becomes more important for users using their smartphones for business purposes. In this case, the information and the data can be much more sensitive.
Given that the business sector takes up a major share of the smartphone market, Google is launching a new certification so the business sector can accurately find the best devices in terms of software and hardware security. This way, the companies’ employees can work safely.
This is why the new Android Enterprise Recommended certification program was created, as it is a list that will include the safest Android smartphones for businesses. Google currently lists 21 models such as the two Google Pixel generations, BlackBerry KEYone and Motion, the Huawei Mate 10 and P10 lines, LG V30, Moto X4 and Moto Z2 Force, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Plus and Xperia XZ1 Compact.
An extra for security
To be part of the list of recommended models that are reliable given their security, the phones have to meet a series of requirements. One of the basic requirements is that the phone must run Android 7.0 Nougat or later and be factory-unlocked.
Additionally, the phone must be able to deliver Google’s monthly security patches within 90 days for up to three years. It is also essential for the phone to have some of the most basic system apps like Contacts, Play Store, Camera, Messaging and Settings. You can check the rest of the requirements on Android’s webpage.
In terms of hardware, Android smartphones for business within Google’s new program need to comply with specific requirements. Among others, having a minimum of 2GB of RAM, having a 64 bit architecture processor, a minimum frequency of 1.4GH, as well as an internal memory of 32 GB and a battery capable of offering more than eight hours of autonomy.