The Android Enterprise Recommended program has been expanded and now includes Android tablets for the first time. The new Huawei MediaPad M5 tablets, which were announced as being available in the US yesterday, are now a part of the program.
For those that don’d recall, 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 new additions to the program include:
- The Huawei M5 8.4 and 10.8 are the first tablets validated as Android Enterprise Recommended.
- Two new OEMs have joined the program: Sharp, with the AQUOS SH 10-K, and Sonim with the XP8.
- Existing Android Enterprise Recommended partners have added more devices as well: Sony’s Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact; Motorola’s Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus and Z3 Play; Huawei’s P20 and P20 Pro; BlackBerry’s Key2; and the Nokia 3.1, Nokia 5.1, Nokia 6, Nokia 7 Plus, and Nokia 8 Sirocco from HMD.
All in, there are now 39 devices in the program.