- Nokia announced that the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, and Nokia 6 are part of Google’s list of Android Enterprise Recommended devices.
- All three phones were announced during MWC 2018, though only the Nokia 6 will launch in the US.
- Nokia and HMD Global emphasize timely OS upgrades and security updates.
Google’s list of Android Enterprise Recommended devices grew a bit larger today as Nokia announced the newest trio of additions: the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, and Nokia 6. They join the Nokia 8 and bring the total number of Android Enterprise Recommended devices to 25.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, and Nokia 6 were announced during MWC 2018 and are not surprising additions to the business-friendly device list. HMD Global, which develops and markets devices under the Nokia name, emphasizes timely security updates with Nokia-branded Android smartphones.
We are excited to announce that in addition to #Nokia8, we have three new smartphones, #Nokia8Sirocco, #Nokia7plus and the new #Nokia6 to be included in the #AndroidEnterprise Recommended program. https://t.co/4eISZyKmsx pic.twitter.com/oCBCcUbcMR
— Nokia Mobile (@Nokiamobile) March 5, 2018
It just so happens that security is one of the key tenets of the Android Enterprise Recommended program. Manufacturers must deliver Android security updates within 90 days of release from Google, for a minimum of three years. Manufacturers must also support bulk deployment of Android devices, including zero-touch enrollment, and have a consistent application experience in managed profiles and on managed devices.
As for devices, they must support the minimum hardware specifications for Android 7.0+ devices and be available unlocked from either the manufacturer or reseller.
Google hopes to add different types of devices over time, including rugged devices, mobile carriers, system integrators, and enterprise mobility management providers. For the search giant, the goal is presumably is for companies to stick with Android rather than them jump ship to iOS.
HMD Global, meanwhile, no doubt hopes to use the Android Enterprise Recommended program to further buff its growing reputation for timely OS upgrades and security patches.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 7 Plus will launch sometime in April. The Nokia 6 will launch in the U.S. in May.