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Samsung rolls out Knox 2.0 enterprise security suite to Galaxy S5 handsets

Korean firm looks to win over more business customers
Wed May 07 2014, 11:37

Samsung Galaxy S5 with Android 4.4 Kitkat in goldSAMSUNG HAS STARTED rolling out Knox 2.0, the latest version of its enterprise security suite for mobile devices, to Galaxy S5 handsets worldwide.

Knox 2.0 made its debut at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) and sees Samsung looking to make more of a dent in the enterprise smartphone market. The firm announced on Wednesday that it has started rolling out the security suite to Samsung Galaxy S5 handsets, likely in order to lure more businesses to the brand as the 'bring your own device' (BYOD) trend continues to grow.

Once installed, Knox 2.0 will make the Samsung Galaxy S5 a much more suitable device for enterprise. Two-factor biometric security is including in the latest version of Knox, allowing users to authenticate their identity with a swipe of the fingerprint scanner, while certificate management and VPN+ are also included.

Knox 2.0 also sees the introduction of Samsung Knox Marketplace, essentially an enterprise mobility storefront allowing IT managers to purchase apps such as Microsoft Office 365, Box and Google Apps. Knox EMM is also included, allowing devices such as the Galaxy S5 to be remote controlled by an IT team.

Other feature of Knox 2.0 include separate billing for personal and work calls, third-party container support and, Samsung was keen to point out, support for all apps from Google Play.

Samsung CEO JK Shin said, "Knox has been widely deployed by enterprises since it became first commercially available in the market in September 2013.

"As a result of this rapid adoption, we needed to evolve the Samsung Knox platform to directly address the ever-changing needs of the enterprise as we demonstrate our commitment to protect and respond to future enterprise mobility and security challenges."

Samsung Knox 2.0 will also be arriving on older devices such as the Galaxy S4 via a software update "in the coming months". µ


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