Google Announces Android Enterprise Recommended program…. Without Samsung

Google has announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program, an enterprise focused initiative that highlights devices that follow best practices for professional use. It also lays out a set of requirements that OEMs must follow. Speaking of OEM partners, here’s who’s on the list at present:

  • BlackBerry KeyOne and Motion
  • Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL
  • Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P10, P10 Plus, P10 Lite, and P smart
  • LG V30 and G6
  • Motorola X4 and Z2
  • Nokia 8
  • Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, XA2, and XA2 Ultra

Now if you’re thinking “hey, why isn’t Samsung on this list?” you’re not alone. It’s strange that the biggest maker of Android phones on the planet, not to mention the one manufacturer that has biggest presence in the enterprise space isn’t here. But they did have a line in their blog post that says “You can expect more Android Enterprise Recommended devices to be added in the coming weeks and months.” So maybe when the Galaxy 9 ships they’ll appear. But still it is curious.

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