Android Enterprise Recommended program expanding to include rugged devices

By | 5th September 2018
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After launching its Android Enterprise Recommended program earlier this year, Google is now expanding it to include a new type of device.

The Android Enterprise Recommended program will now include rugged devices. Google explains that Android is expected to become the largest rugged OS by shipments in 2019, growing by 23 percent over the next year. By expanding the Android Enterprise Recommended program, business customers that need tough Android phones can now easily decide which devices to buy for their work.

The requirements for a phone to be included in the Android Enterprise Recommended program for rugged devices include:

  • Android 7.0 or higher
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage
  • 1.1GHz processor speed
  • 32-bit architecture
  • IP64 water and dust resistance
  • MIL-STD-810G or IEC 62-2-32 drop test integrity, 4-foot (1.2M) repeated drops to concrete
  • QR code and zero-touch enrollment
  • Camera, Contacts, Downloads, Google, Messaging, Dialer, Play Store, Settings, EMM apps
  • Devices must adhere to Provisioning UX Workflows
  • 90-day security updates, available for five years from the launch date of the device
  • Support current shipping release and one letter upgrade
  • Future dessert upgrades, including carrier certification, must be available to all Enterprise Recommended devices within 18 months of the board support package (BSP) drop

To start, Google says that devices from five different companies will be included in the rugged section of the Android Enterprise Recommended program:

  • Zebra TC20, TC 25, TC51, TC56, TC70X and TC75X
  • Honeywell CT40, CT60 and CN80
  • Sonim XP8
  • Point Mobile PM45
  • Datalogic Memor 10 (launching in October)