Google is working on strenthening the security of the Android platform and will integrate Samsung’s KNOX technology into the next release.The news will be welcomed by enterprises concerned about the security of mobile devices being used in business. With the collaboration addressing the need for a resilient and secure mobile platform, it is a significant endorsement for Samsung's Knox security software.
The Android upgrade will also contain a number of new features suited to enterprise users and IT administrators such as a separate container to manage and secure business data. Along with its effort to expand into the enterprise mobility market powered by the Android platform, Samsung will continue to offer the enterprise mobility solution for enterprise customers.
Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of Engineering, Android at Google said: ‘Samsung has been pioneering to bring Android to the enterprise.’ He said the company was grateful for Samsung’s contribution to the Android open source project. ‘Jointly we are bringing enterprise-grade security and management capabilities to all manufacturers participating in the Android ecosystem.’
Injong Rhee, senior vice president of KNOX business group at Samsung Electronics, said: ‘As a driving force of Android-powered mobile devices, Samsung is in a unique position to meet the rapidly evolving mobile security and privacy needs of Android users.’
The company welcomed the opportunity to work with Google to help build Android’s enterprise eco-system and establish the Android device as a leading choice for businesses. ‘This represents an amazing transformation in workforce mobility.’