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Google announces expansion of its Android Enterprise Recommended program
Google has announced the expansion of its Android Enterprise Recommended program to include Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and companies with MSP business units, who provision, manage, and support millions of devices on behalf of customers.
The Android Enterprise Recommended program, a Google-led global initiative, was launched a year ago to make it simple for businesses to find Android devices and services that have been validated by Google for meeting elevated enterprise requirements for hardware, deployment, security updates, and user experience.
The full list of Android Enterprise Recommended requirements can be found here, which is updated with each new Android platform release.
The company has announced Accenture, Brodos, Cognizant, DXC Technologies, Econocom, Honeywell Enterprise, Mobile Mentor, Mobility MEA, SCC, SHI, Skywire, Stratix, Tech Data, and Vox Mobile as the new Android Enterprise Recommended partners and has shared that it plans to add more MSP partners to the program over time. Under the Android Enterprise Recommended program for MSPs, validated partners are trained on the latest best practices from Google to help customers simplify and expand their mobility deployments.
Last month, Google announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) to help customers find the best equipped EMMs to successfully deploy Android with partners like BlackBerry, Google Cloud, I3 Systems, IBM, Microsoft, MobileIron, Softbank, SOTI, and VMware.
Android Enterprise Recommended MSPs are required to deliver the following capabilities for customers:
- Technical expertise and leadership with dedicated personnel trained by Google on implementing and supporting Android
- Certified experience with Android Enterprise Recommended Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) systems
- A close working relationship with Google with an assigned account manager and access to a 24/7 Google partner escalation desk
- A commitment to staying current on the latest Android product features and training requirements as part of annual program re-validation
In a blog post, Vincent Riccii, Global Head of Business Development – Android Enterprise, shared that the program has received great feedback from customers and according to IDC, 82 percent of European Android Enterprise Recommended customers said their devices are more secure and enterprise-grade than other devices.
As organizations increasingly turn to Android as their enterprise mobility platform, Google will continue to look for ways to expand this program to accelerate the adoption of Android in enterprises.