When you’re looking at the options for smartphones to incorporate into your enterprise mobility strategy, it’s not difficult to see the attraction of Android based devices. There is a wide variety of devices across a range of prices and hardware specifications that can make Android smartphones an ideal fit for your business.
There is, however, a catch. The Android system is notoriously fragmented – it’s an open system that is licensed to manufacturers to pair with their own hardware. The core of the operating system itself is maintained and updated by Google, adding new features and patching security holes.
But it can take smartphone manufacturers weeks, months, or even years to roll out these updates across their customized devices.
To counteract this problem, Google have developed and released the Android One operating system, which is a version of Android that cannot be altered, adapted, or customized by the hardware manufacturers. (1) As such, it only runs a select number of smartphones, but the OS itself will receive updates on those devices for at least 2 years, and security updates for 3. All standard Google services remain intact, and the interface is Android as standard (rather than the manufacturer’s own modified or replacement interface).
This makes it a strong option for enterprise mobility strategies that prioritize stability and security – and that should really be every business that has a mobility strategy.
The Top 5 Android Smartphones
1 – Nokia 2.2
Well designed and strong, the polycarbonate body of the Nokia 2.2 has a high gloss finish. Running Android 9.0 with the Android One promise of regular updates, it’s a solid performer with a 5.71” screen.
Internally it can have 16GB or 32GB of memory and is expandable with the use of a microSD card up to 400GB. The rear features a 13-megapixel camera, while the front camera is 5 MP.
With all the standard features you would expect from a quality smartphone, the Nokia 2.2 is a great choice for a busy working environment balancing price with performance.
2 – Motorola One Vision
With a larger screen than the Nokia 2.2, the Motorola One Vision is splash resistant and includes and octa-core processor running at 2.2GHz. The 128GB internal memory is expandable to 1 TB with the use of a microSD card.
Dual cameras make an appearance with a 48 MP rear camera matched with a 5 MP depth sensor, and a 25-megapixel front camera. The base operating system is Android 9.0, once again with the 2/3-year update policy for Android One certified smartphones.
An extremely powerful device, but with a higher price tag than some others on this list.
3 – Nokia 9 Pureview
If you need a smartphone with the ability to take great photos, the Nokia 9 Pureview could be the choice for you. In addition to running on an octa-core processor, the Pureview features a “penta-camera” system with five camera lenses. (2)
Two of these are RGB color, three are monochrome, all are 12-megapixel. When a picture is taken, every lens takes a snapshot and an integrated DSP (digital signal processor) combines the images to produce an outstanding result. This can be saved as a JPG or RAW file, and edited onboard with the Adobe Lightroom app.
If that’s not enough, there is also a 20-megapixel front camera too. The smartphone supports wireless charging and is IP67 water resistant, coming with Android 9.0 as a minimum.
4 – Xiaomi Mi A3
Clarity is the name of the game with a super AMOLED screen measuring just over 6 inches. (3) Standard options give 64 or 128GB of memory, and microSD slot allows for another 256GB.
Triple rear cameras (48 MP, 8 MP (ultrawide) and 2 MP depth sensor) and a single front camera at 32 MP give great photographic options, and Android 9.0 (Android One) runs well on the octa-core processor.
5 – Samsung Galaxy S10+
While the Galaxy S10 is not part of the Android One program, Samsung do release regular security and software updates, and the hardware alone is worthy of mention. More expensive than other devices, it runs Android 9.0 and features two octa-core processors.
Up to 1 TB of internal memory is available along with a microSD card slot giving up to another terabyte of storage. Triple rear cameras of 12 MP (wide), 12 MP (telephoto) and 16 MP (ultrawide) are included, along with rear cameras at 10 MP and 8 MP (depth sensor).
It’s a fantastic, well-built, high speed device, but with a price tag that may prevent your mobility strategy from using it.