Google just announced a new deployment method for Android devices called Android zero-touch enrollment. The feature is meant to make Android rollouts more seamless and secure for organizations. With it, companies can configure the devices they purchase so that when employees get them, they’re ready to use right out of the box.
Benefits of Android zero-touch enrollment
The setup process for mobile devices can be arduous for employees and administrators. If you wait until you actually receive the devices to set up corporate policies and configure devices, you’re relying on employees to set up their own devices or making processes much more complicated for administrators.
Instead, this option lets you do all of that work upfront, ensuring a simple setup process so your team can get their devices up and running quickly. And it also ensures consistent and uniform configurations across all the devices for your organization.
Finally, zero-touch enrollment makes support much easier. End users should be able to get their own devices up and running immediately. So your support team shouldn’t be bogged down by assisting in the process, instead being able to focus their efforts on other areas.
How to use Android zero-touch enrollment
Google is working with its device partners including Samsung, Huawei, Sony, LG Electronics, HMD Global Oy Home of Nokia Phones, BlackBerry smartphones, HTC, Motorola, Honeywell, Zebra, and Sonim to bring zero-touch enrollment to enterprises. The first devices that will support zero-touch enrollment include the Huawei Mate 10, Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact.
To take advantage of the new capability, you can use software from enterprise mobility management providers including VMware AirWatch, BlackBerry, MobileIron, IBM, SOTI, and GSuite to specify configurations and policies that are then automatically applied to employees’ mobile devices during the initial setup process. Additionally, you can opt to mix enrollment methods if that better fits the needs of your organization. You can also talk to Google’s enrollment partners to set up zero-touch enrollment. In the U.S., that includes Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
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