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Samsung Galaxy S4 will ship without Knox security features

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Thu Apr 25 2013, 11:08
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KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone will ship without the firm's Knox security features.

Samsung announced its Knox software along with the Galaxy S4 as it looks to challenge Blackberry with its own suite of security features. The software product will offer security functionality similar to that of its rival's Blackberry 10 mobile operating system, enabling users to separate work and personal content. Knox also offers a remote tracking service, similar to Apple's Find My iPhone app.

However you'd better hope that you don't lose your Galaxy S4 as soon as you get it, though, as it has been revealed that Knox is suffering from delays.

That's according to the New York Times, which has heard from "two people working with Samsung on Knox" that it won't be ready in time to ship on the Samsung Galaxy S4. In fact, it looks like it might not be ready for quite some time, with the insiders saying that it won't ship until June.

Samsung seemed to confirm the rumours in a statement, saying that it will activite Knox on the Galaxy S4 "at a later date."

A spokesperson for the company said, "All the Knox framework components come standard on the device, with full-feature activation by solution providers and distribution channels to become available at a later date."

The firm has also revealed that stock of the Galaxy S4 will be "limited" at launch, something that it is blaming on high demand. Samsung said in a statement, "Due to overwhelming global demand [for the] Galaxy S4, the initial supply may be limited.

"We expect to fulfill inventory to meet demands in the coming weeks."

Check out our roundup of Samsung Galaxy S4 prices and where to buy. µ

 

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