Brown’s Bytes – Simple & Seamless Android Deployment

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27th October 2017

The cost of the new iPhone is now unaffordable for most businesses and so organisations are looking more and more towards Android devices. However, because each device would need to be manually configured before being given to the user, it is a rather time consuming and daunting prospect.

Google have the solution – Android zero-touch enrolment – basically Google’s version of Apple’s DEP 

This deployment method allows companies to quickly and securely rollout corporately owned Android devices in bulk, without end users having to manually configure their devices. All they need to do is open the box and “hey presto” it’s ready to use with all the management, app and configurations pre-set.

What do you need? 

To use zero-touch enrolment, you’ll require:

  • A compatible device running Android Oreo (8.0) or Pixel phone with Android Nougat (7.0), purchased from a reseller partner
  • An enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider supporting device owner mode

Which Android devices are currently supported? 

It’s currently available for:

  • Pixel by Google
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact

Google is also working with several manufacturers to bring zero-touch to their devices, including Samsung, Huawei, Sony, LG Electronics, HTC, Motorola, Honeywell, and Zebra.

Which resellers offer this? 

Zero-touch enrolment is supported on compatible devices purchased from the following resellers:

  • USA and Canada: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint
  • Europe: EE/BT, Deutsche Telekom
  • Asia-Pacific: Softbank, Telstra

For more information on Google’s Zero-touch enrolment or Apple’s DEP, please get in touch.

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