Google starts programme to certify Android phones for enterprise use

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Google announces Android Enterprise Recommended program

On a similar vein, Google is teasing the announcement of the first Android Go device (powered by Oreo) and more Android One devices from partners.

GOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED the launch of the Android Enterprise Recommended program, a biz-focused initiative that highlights devices that follow best practices for professional use. Although most details remain unknown at the moment, we have some information that will make your wait easier as well as remove a few uncertainties over the status of Go phones. Android Oreo (Go edition) will also bring with itself a toned-down version of PlayStore that will recommend suitable apps and services for the user. However, as Google Assistant works with only limited languages right now, the Android (Go edition) is gearing towards offering support to the native language of people in the developing countries. It will label phones it deems to be suitable for business customers as "Android Enterprise Recommended". The first Android to get the Go treatment is Android Oreo, which has been tweaked to sip on system resources as efficiently as possible, without running the Android experience.

Last year Google introduced Android Go, an optimized version of Android tailored for smartphones with 1GB of RAM or less. HMD Global is planning to unveil a slew of smartphones that include the Nokia 1, Nokia 4, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Pro among others. However, the company has not revealed the names of these upcoming smartphones. Several mid-range devices are adopting the Android One program, with brands like Xiaomi and Motorola releasing Android One devices. So far, there's nothing much known about the kind of device Intex will add to the Go portfolio, but being an INR 2,000 smartphone, we don't expect much from it. Patches must be issued to users within 90 days of their release by Google. While Gartner's latest smartphone sales report shows Android remains dominant in the consumer space, with a market share of 85.9% compared to just 14% for iOS, the numbers are practically reversed in the enterprise sector.

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