Google today announced that their own first and second generation of Pixel phones now are certified as Android Enterprise Recommended devices. I means that the four Pixel phones – the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL – join the ranks with the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, LG V30, Nokia 8 and others. You can see the complete list of devices here.
The Android Enterprise Recommended program certifies devices that meet criteria for manageability, support, productivity, security, and reliability. The idea behind the program is to eliminate the guesswork on which devices are up to the task of being ready to handle the wear-and-tear of being an enterprise phone but also manageable from an enterprise IT perspective.
The program was launched last year and it may come as a surprise that Google’s own phones were not certified right away. The good news is that Google has put their own phones through the criteria and enterprise looking to deploy them now have the choice of deploying Pixel phones. The total number of devices in the program is up to 21 so there are plenty to chose from both from a favorite manufacture or price point perspective.
Enterprises who want to deploy Android devices should work with their Google partner for more information on deploying any of the certified devices to their end users.