Do you plan on purchasing a Google Pixel Phone? If you’re like many people that reacted with excitement once the Google manufactured smartphone was announced, you might be looking at all the neat consumer features. Others have to vet this platform for the enterprise. One reason why a Google phone calls for a different level of scrutiny beyond the multitude of Android platform phone providers is simple. It’s Google, and they are most likely doing some things differently. That also happens to be where one big adoption problem might exist.
Let’s back up a sec and talk about the Pixel. If you have no clue as to what that is, it is a smartphone that was recently released and made by Google. The Pixel Phone has a glass-aluminum body, fingerprint sensor at the back, 5-inch AMOLED display, 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4, 2,770mAh battery, 4GB RAM, 32/128GB storage, 12.3 megapixel rear camera, 8 megapixel front camera, USB Type-C port, and unlimited storage for photos and videos, to name a few of its features.
The phone also boasts of some neat productivity features thanks to the integrated artificial intelligence Google Assistant which users can use to get answers, manage tasks, find photos and music faster, as well as keep tabs on your travel.
Trust and other issues
Though it might seem the Pixel Phone is a good fit for business-focused people, most IT leaders don’t actually trust the said device, along with another Google-made product, the Google Wi-Fi.
According to N'gai Oliveras, director of the information systems division office of the comptroller of Puerto Rico, Google is too open and that it makes its business by selling its users information with third parties. This makes it a bad fit for the enterprise.
"Enterprises need four things in a mobile device: Security, ecosystem partners, integration capabilities, and support," TechRepublic writer Brandon Vigliarolo wrote. Pixel could be a good choice for businesses in terms of Google Suite integration, 24/7 phone support, and unlimited cloud storage. Also, Apple products are still perceived to be more secure, and the company already has enterprise-level partnerships with tech giants such as IBM, Cisco, and SAP.
Vigliarolo stated that the final decision as to whether to allow Phone Pixel for use in the enterprise still fall on the CIO, but he stated that seven of its IT executive panelists said no, while five said yes. Interestingly, one CIO stated that the Pixel Phone needs to be carefully scrutinized before a decision is made while another stated that he cannot trust any operating system, mobile or otherwise, unless it can be managed by current Mobile Device Management solutions.
So is the Pixel for you and your organization? It may be best to let these devices make it through a generation or two and read your verdict then.
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