Version 2.0 better supports IT departments as they implement and manage their companies’ BYOD strategies.
Samsung unveiled KNOX at last year’s Mobile World Congress. The new version marks an evolution in the platform, and targets the SMB space.
Since October 2013, when KNOX was first commercially available in the market, Samsung has sold over 25 million KNOX-enabled devices. According to the smartphone-maker, the company currently has over one million active KNOX users.
“Thanks to the rapid adoption of KNOX over the past 5 months since its first commercial availability, we needed to evolve the Samsung KNOX platform to meet the changing needs of our customers and the enterprise as a whole,” said JK Shin, president and CEO, Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics.
It focuses on bringing enhanced security to mobile devices: “As a leading provider of Android devices, it is our mission to make Android platform even more secure to lead enterprise mobility market,” said Shin. “With the new features of KNOX 2.0 we are able to provide our users with a truly enterprise-ready mobile solution.”
KNOX 2.0 will come pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy S5, set to hit stores on April 11. The platform will require both password and fingerprint verification, based off the the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner.
Version 2.0 lets telecom carriers divide the bills for mobile devices between personal and enterprise use – a capability that removes one of industry’s biggest barriers in adopting BYOD programs.
In addition to the core features of its mobile platform, Samsung also announced new cloud-based services. The new KNOX Marketplace is a one-stop shop for business apps. It lets SMBs find, buy and use KNOX and enterprise cloud applications. So far, the catalogue includes over 140 business apps.
The new features of KNOX 2.0 will be commercially available in Q2 2014. Once available, previous generation KNOX users will be able to upgrade to 2.0 after upgrading to KitKat.
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