KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung has launched an enterprise friendly version of its Galaxy S3 handset that will debut in the US next month.
As well as all of the features you'll find on the normal Samsung Galaxy S3 - such as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4.8in screen and Samsung's nifty software tweaks - the newly-outed enterprise edition boasts a number of security features making it the first "enterprise-friendly" Android smartphone.
Amongst these features is "Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE)" software, which equips the phone with enterprise-ready apps and capabilities with support for 338 IT policies. These include on-device AES-256 bit encryption, improved Microsoft Exchange functionality, remote access and support for industry-leading Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM), making the smartphone suited for businesses that support bring your own device (BYOD) schemes.
"It's now safe to say that the 'Next Big Thing in Enterprise' is here with the near-term availability of SAFE-branded Galaxy S III devices at five U.S. carriers," said Tim Wagner, VP and GM of enterprise sales at Samsung Mobile.
"The highly desirable, SAFE-branded and QA-tested Galaxy S III smartphone systematically defragments Android to provide a consistent level of IT compliance for individuals who demand the very best in both their personal and professional lives."
Samsung has also introduced a trade-in program called Safe2switch, which will offer customers money for their old phone if they want to switch to a Samsung SAFE device. µ