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Android Enterprise Recommended expands to include Managed Service Providers

February 19th, 2019

As organizations increasingly turn to Android as their enterprise mobility platform, we want to make sure they can easily identify partners with experts who are best equipped to support them.

That’s why we’re expanding the Android Enterprise Recommended program to Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and companies with MSP business units who provision, manage and support millions of devices around the world on behalf of customers. 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.

We’re pleased to announce that Accenture, Brodos, Cognizant, DXC Technology, Econocom, Honeywell Enterprise, Mobile Mentor, Mobility MEA, Offshore Tech, SCC, SHI, Skywire, Stratix, Tech Data and Vox Mobile have been validated as Android Enterprise Recommended partners. Over time, we plan to add more MSP partners to the program.

Android Enterprise Recommended MSPs are required to deliver the following capabilities for customers (the full list of requirements can also be found here):

  • 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

When we launched the Android Enterprise Recommended program a year ago, we set out to make it simple for businesses to find Android devices and services that have been validated by Google for meeting elevated enterprise requirements. Since then, we’ve applied this framework to knowledge worker devices, then rugged devices,and—most recently—services with last month’s launch of Android Enterprise Recommended for EMMs. With each step, we’re aiming to give customers more confidence in deploying Android and ensuring their deployment is as consistent and current as possible.

Since Android Enterprise Recommended launched, we’ve received great feedback from customers who are putting the program to use. Research firm IDC found that 82 percent of European Android Enterprise Recommended customers said their devices are more secure and more enterprise-grade than other devices. We’ll continue to look for ways to expand this program and consistently raise the bar to help customers get more value from their investment in Android.