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Google Inc. launched a new program to certify Android devices that meet certain hardware, security and other standards.

The Android Enterprise Recommended program is designed to help enterprise customers find Android devices that meet their business needs, said David Still, director of Google's Android Enterprise, in a Feb. 21 blog post.

The devices meeting the program's specifications at launch include: the BlackBerry KEYone and Motion; the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL; the Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P10, P10 Plus, P10 Lite and P smart; the LG V30 and G6; the Motorola X4 and Z2; the Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, XA2 and XA2 Ultra; and the Nokia 8. More devices and manufacturers are expected to join the program later this year. Original equipment manufacturers in the program will receive technical support and training from the Alphabet Inc. unit.

Separately, Google said its Cloud IoT Core service has moved out of public beta and is now widely available. Cloud IoT Core is a fully managed service that allows users to connect and manage globally dispersed connected devices. The service launched in a private beta stage in May 2017.