SAMSUNG HAS CLAIMED that Knox, its Android-based enterprise mobile suite that debuted back in 2013, has 1.8 million active users.
The not-so-impressive figure was touted by Samsung SVP and head of Knox development Rhee In-jong at the firm's investor forum in Hong Kong on Sunday, and comes just days after the UK government cleared the security software as good enough for public sector use.
He said that there are around 24 Samsung smartphone models, meaning there are around 87 million devices that come with Knox pre-loaded, adding that of these 87 million, around 1.8 million users are actively using the service. Rhee added the company is seeing "traction" in regulated industries, such as government, defence and finance.
"If you get a validation in that community or industry... it will trickle down," he said, pointing to future growth in the small to medium business segment.
With this forecast growth, the firm is looking to boost its Knox enterprise security suite, making it available to more users. Rhee told investors that, to do so, the firm will expand its use of biometric sensors, bringing technology such as fingerprint scanners to its lower-end smartphones. Samsung's second generation Knox application, which was unveiled at this year's Mobile World Congress, boasts support for the Galaxy S5's built-in fingerprint scanner.
However, Rhee hinted that the firm might be looking beyond fingerprint scanning technology, touting iris detection as the next big thing.
"We're looking at various types of biometric [mechanisms] and one of things that everybody is looking at is iris detection." µ
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