Android enterprise bolstered with Samsung Knox deal

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Knox container will be integrated into next of Google’s operating system set for release later this year

Google and Samsung are attempting to make Android a more secure platform for enterprise after tying up a deal to integrate Samsung Knox into the next version of the OS.

Knox, was released by Samsung in 2013, and creates a container that seperates personal and enterprise data on Samsung devices such as he S3, S4, S5 and Note 3. It will be available through Android L which was announced at Google’s I/O conference on last night (June 25th) and will be released later this year.

Samsung say it is available on more 20 of their products including a select number of tablets such as the Tab Pro range. Enterprise data on the device can be securely locked and remotely wiped by an enterprise’s IT team.

It has recently received accreditation from departments of the UK and US government and is helping to bring confidence to Android as an enterprise platform.

At an event in London (pictured) earlier today (June 26th), Samsung explained that Android’s B2B market share was around 20 per cent, compared to its over 70 per cent share of the consumer space. Security has been a key issue in the lack of uptake.

Knox was previously only available to Samsung users but the manufacturer says its hardware means that it will still have a huge point of differentiation, from other Android players when it comes to security.

“Inherently, we’re device manufacturers, so we have control of the chip set and the processor and we have some patents around how we look at the binary, the boot and the platform level security we provide for Samsung Knox,” Samsung strategic marketing office, mobile comm. Jae H. Shin told Mobile News.

“What we are giving to Android is the container technology and how to separate data between personal and business.

“We’re not holding anything back but by nature what we have control over is the hardware and what they have control over is the operating system Anything that has to do with the OS, we’re handing over.

Shin also told Mobile News that no money was exchanging hands as part of the deal and that roll out plans, had not been formalised. “This is open source. How Google is going to actually roll this out hasn’t been determined or announced yet, we’re still waiting for how they’re going to that.

“To other manufacturers they don’t have to go through the pain of researching and developing, the investments that they need to make actually becomes part of the OS. For us, its great because now we have the entire Android eco-system unified under one enterprise story.”

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