A decade ago, the only smartphones that many major corporates would approve of were those manufactured by BlackBerry – and later Apple. Samsung devices also built up quite the reputation for themselves, with the Knox security built in, but Android devices in general only gained acceptance by corporates with its Android for Enterprise program.
Google started off its Pixel line nearly five years ago, but the company now wants businesses to look at their “Google phone” as work-ready. It recently launched a new site titled “Pixel for Business” to highlight the company’s special features built into the devices.
Google has highlighted devices that are currently available for sale beginning with the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL, as well as past devices all the way back to the 2016 Google Pixel. Google is also focusing attention on its Google Assistant, with built-in access to Google Duo and HD screen sharing.
In addition to the phone’s Titan M chip, Google’s proprietary solution to ensure users data is safe and hardware backed secrets remain on the device, the company is also pitching support for three years of security and operating system updates. Google says the devices are also compatible with government and enterprise encryption and data protection standards – Common Criteria/NIAP, FIPS 140-2, and STIG.
Google is also advertising fast 5G connectivity on its recent Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 devices, along with Assistant for voice based phone controlling and multitasking. Another feature, call screening for robocallers, telemarketers and other unknown callers is sadly not available in all regions, though. Separate work profiles and zero touch enrollment, managed Google Play for administrators are other features being touted by the Android maker.