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Samsung outs Knox Marketplace alongside slew of security features

Just four percent of compatible Galaxy devices have service enabled at present
Tue Feb 25 2014, 20:26
Samsung Knox MWC

BARCELONA: KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung unveiled Knox Marketplace at a press event at Mobile World Congress (MWC) on Tuesday, as a one-stop shop for business applications.

Samsung Knox Marketplace is an enterprise mobility storefront, which serves up both Samsung Knox services and other business-focused apps such as Microsoft Office 365, Box and Google Apps. From here, IT managers and SMB owners can purchase apps or software bundles, and with Active Directory and single-sign on support included, these can be assigned to users and used immediately, with the app promptly appearing in the Samsung Knox container.

Alongside Knox Marketplace, Samsung also unveiled Knox Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), a cloud-based mobile management service which also comes with single sign on support baked-on.

Injong Rhee, SVP of Samsung's Knox business said, "These two products are designed to better serve small and medium sized businesses, who don't have an IT department to rely on, but they want to manage their customers in a secure manner."

Samsung also added a number of new security features to its Knox service, as it looks to try and make its mark on the enterprise market. These new features include two-factor authentication - complete with support for the Samsung Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner, certificate management, VPN+ and an enhanced container.

Joe Moles, senior director of Knox product management commented, "In the new version of the Knox container, it is no loner necessary to wrap applications. This means enterprises have faster access to more applications as they come to market, and it's also good news for app developers"

Samsung is no doubt hoping that these new features will grow the appeal of its Knox service, which to day is enabled on just one in every 25 devices that it arrives embedded on.

Rhee said, "Since Knox debuted in October 2013. Five months have passed and there are already 25 million Knox embedded devices, and over one million users have activated it, equal to 7,000 activations a day. What's more, model availability will triple this year.

"We are containing to invest in Knox development, and we constantly listen to our partners and customers, and will evolve to meet their ever changing needs," he added.


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