Google is now making it easier for companies to configure a device before deploying it to their employees with the Android zero-touch enrollment. Using this feature, companies can set up their devices according to their needs before shipping it to their employees.
Organisations around the world are using Android-powered devices as work phones and with the zero-touch enrollment feature, Google has made it easier for companies to help employees get an up and running device out of the box.
The feature is currently being rolled out for Pixel devices (in partnership with Verizon) and will soon be a part of future Android devices from Samsung, Huawei, Sony, LG Electronics, HMD Global (Nokia), BlackBerry, HTC, Motorola, Honeywell, Zebra, and Sonim. Google plans to add more OEMs to the list in the future.
“Zero-touch enrollment allows IT to deploy corporate-owned devices in bulk without having to manually setup each device. Users just open the box and start using the device with management, apps, and configurations all set,” the Android zero-touch website reads.
“For our business customers, deploying new devices, and services securely with the ability to enforce device-specific policies is critical for protecting proprietary information and an organization’s brand,” says Ryan O’Shea, vice-president of National Business Channels with Verizon Wireless.
“The Android zero-touch enrollment program allows our business customers to get up and running seamlessly and securely, and we are excited today to introduce this initiative on the Pixel phone and other future Android devices.”
Organizations will be able to use software from enterprise mobility management providers such as VMware AirWatch, BlackBerry, MobileIron, IBM, SOTI, GSuite and several others.
This feature will not replace the QR code or NFC bump enrollment methods, which will still be available. Samsung devices will also continue to offer Knox Mobile Enrollment (KME). Android zero-touch just adds to the aforementioned options.