Samsung introduces KNOX 2.0, brings app marketplace to enterprises
25th Feb 2014 | 22:44
Still surfing on the BYOD wave
Samsung added a new service called KNOX marketplace to its KNOX entreprise-oriented service. It is essentially a secure, business oriented app store filled with a number of familiar names such as anymeeting or Box.
An app store for business
The Korean company enlisted white-label cloud service specialist AppDirect to provide with the service, an easy win for Samsung but that also means that others are likely to emulate it. Note that there's just under 150 apps available.
As expected, application purchase and download is locked and Active Directory as well as single-sign on are supported. Downloading an app deploys it almost instantly on the Knox container on devices green-lighted for it without the end-user involvement.
Samsung revealed that about 7,000 KNOX-enabled devices are activated every day, that's about one in every 25 devices on which it has been installed. KNOX comes preloaded on tablets and smartphones such as the Galaxy S4, the S4 Mini and the Note 3 and requires Android 4.4 Kitkat.
KNOX goes overdrive
KNOX has been significantly upgraded as well with a slew of new functionalities added earning itself the 2.0 suffix. These include certificate management, VPN+, an enhanced container, an enterprise mobility management as well as consolidated billing.
The announcement comes a day after the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 which comes with a fingerprint reader embedded in the home button, a security feature that has some serious enterprise potential; KNOX 2.0 is also preloaded on the S5