Now, let’s turn to the partner side. Many UEMs and OEMs have supported Android Enterprise for years (though some have only come more recently.) What have they done in response to the latest features?
MobileIron became the first (and still, the only as of writing that I’m aware of) UEM to support work profiles on fully managed devices, the coveted middle ground for Android management that I’ve been eagerly anticipating. (I even worked with MobileIron on their official announcement.) They’re also promoting Android Enterprise first during the first-run wizard in MobileIron Cloud.
VMware rebranded AirWatch to Workspace One UEM, and with it, introduced their Android Enterprise-first vision. All new customers will be prompted to set up Android Enterprise, with legacy device admin only available by explicit opt-in. VMware’s leadership in the UEM space adds a lot of weight behind Android Enterprise.
As I mentioned, Microsoft finally jumped all-in on the Android Management API to bring COSU support to Intune, which previously only supported the work profile. Work-managed (COBO) support is on the way as well.
OEMs like HMD Global are pushing really hard on Android Enterprise, with support built into their entire range of devices and everything from the Nokia 3.1 up to the 8 Sirocco being Android Enterprise Recommended.
Samsung, the most dominant Android OEM in the world, especially in the enterprise space, announced back in January that with the introduction of Knox 3.0, their unification with Android Enterprise was complete. This is significant! The support of a major player speaks volumes as to the importance of Android Enterprise going forward. (However, they’re still not onboard with programs like Android Enterprise Recommended, zero-touch enrollment, and OEMConfig.) As of writing, UEM vendors are completing their support, and AE-based Samsung capabilities are ready to be leveraged without fear of device admin deprecation.
Source : https://www.brianmadden.com/opinion/The-state-of-Android-Enterprise-in-2018