Google Certifies Rugged Android Phones
Google today adds a collection of rugged Android phones to the list, with Honeywell in the first batch and Panasonic promised for the near future. This ruggedized category guarantee that the devices will useful for five years. Not just that, it also requires the device to run Android 7.0 or later.
Furthermore, there has to be at least 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. One major OS update is also promised (within 18 months of the board support package release). In addition to that, the rugged devices need to be drop-test rated, and certified for ingress protection, though apparently not at specific levels.
There are 11 rugged devices currently in the program, with more coming soon:
- Zebra TC25, TC51, TC56, TC70X and TC75X
- Honeywell CT40, CT60 and CN80
- Sonim XP8
- Point Mobile PM45
- Datalogic Memor 10 (launching in October)