Google has created a shortlist of smartphones that business can consider when choosing to equip employees.

This shortlist forms part of Google’s new Android Enterprise Recommended programme. The handsets on this shortlist meet a number of minimum requirements including security.

For a handset to be included it must support at least Android 7.0, be available as an unlocked device from the manufacturer or reseller and must be able to be mass enrolled within a device.

Interestingly Google also requires that security patches from the manufacturer are delivered within 90 days of their release. The full list of requirements can be viewed here.

Google has also recommended a number of devices that meet its stringent requirements. We’ve outlined the handsets that are part of Android Enterprise Recommended and are available in South Africa or are coming to South Africa soon. Yes the Pixel and Pixel 2 are recommended handsets but are not readily available in South Africa.

  • Blackberry KEYone
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Huawei P10 Lite
  • LG G6
  • LG V30
  • Nokia 8
  • Sony Xperia XA2
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

These handsets are currently recommended although not readily available in South Africa.

  • Moto X4
  • Moto Z2 Force Edition
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
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