Android phones aren’t the most common in the business world, at least from some manufacturers. Samsung phones tend to be more popular than some others thanks to Samsung Knox, as well as TCL’s BlackBerry brand, known for having superior security features.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could use our personal Android device for business in the workplace rather than getting a separate phone for the sake of corporate compliance? Well, that’s the idea Google has with ‘Android for Business.’ The search giant made waves last week by making an announcement that could soon shake up how people use Android phones in the corporate environment.
Google announced a new certification program that is geared towards high-end Android handsets that you would not expect seeing the light of the workplace. For example, LG V30 and LG G6 have been ‘Android for Business’ certified, with addition to the Nokia 8, BlackBerry’s KEYone, some of the newer Xperia phones from Sony, the Mate 10 from Huawei, and Google’s own Pixel and Pixel 2 handsets. There are just some, and more will be added as compatible moving forward including both already released and unreleased devices.
There are a few requirements Android manufacturers must abide by in order for their device to be certified as ‘Android for Business’ recommended. One requirement is a new version of the Android OS, which must be Android 7.0 Nougat or newer. If your phone meets the standards in Google’s certification program, companies can have peace of mind that it’ll be safe for work. It’s kind of like receiving a recognition or badge from Google. Enterprise use has always been something Android has lacked, so it’s good to see Google is finally doing something about it, and for more than just stock Android phones. Perhaps we’ll learn more about the program in May.