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Google now certifies rugged Android phones for business use, promises five years of security updates

Back in Feburary, Google announced the 'Android Enterprise Recommended' program. It's designed to make buying Android phones for business use easier, by only recommending models that comply with a handful of requirements (Android 7.0 or higher, security update for three years, etc). Now the company is expanding the Enterprise Recommended program to rugged devices.

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AT&T and Sonim announce the XP8, a $699 ultra-rugged phone for public safety workers

We don't often see much into the world of ultra-rugged smartphones and tablets as "normal" consumers, though we catch glimpses from time to time from the likes of CAT and such. These devices take many steps beyond the Galaxy S Active series in terms of durability. Since AT&T seems to be fond of these phones, it and Sonim have announced the XP8 for use on FirstNet. This phone looks like one solid piece of technology and, despite its middling specifications, it will cost a whopping $699.

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