Samsung strengthened its push to get business customers onto its Android smartphones with a deal to pre-install Microsoft’ Office 365 software as a service (SaaS) suite onto its latest Galaxy 6 and Galaxy S6 Edge set for commercial availability on April 10th.
Samsung is deliberately targeting corporate buyers with business orientated applications and services in a bid to boost its standing in the enterprise smartphone market, whilst simultaneously looking to address specific concerns associated with Android devices.
Chief amongst these is Android security, with Samsung set to integrate the latest version of its KNOX mobile security platform into the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. KNOX stores personal and business OS, application and data profiles in separate partitions on the handset, accessed via encrypted authorisation and authentication credentials.
It’s not clear how well the Galaxy 6/6S 5.1in display will lend itself to Word, Excel and PowerPoint access however. The Microsoft Office365 team first invited beta participants to test its Office for Android preview in November as it looked to assess the suite’s performance on various devices before ‘expanding’ its availability specifically to ARM-based tablets running Android KitKat or Lollipop with screen sizes between 7-10.1 inches in January. This may suggest that larger screen tablets with more powerful processing capabilities were identified as the sweet spot for usage based on participant feedback, and that Office365 has been specifically optimised for certain operating systems to boost its performance.
The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge both feature Android 5.0 Lollipop and will also ship with copies of OneDrive, OneNote and Skype pre-installed. Early reports suggest UK prices will start at £599.