Samsung has signed a partnership with Absolute Software to bring its security software to the forthcoming Samsung Knox Android mobile safety solution.
Launching later this year, Samsung Knox will embed Absolute Software’s patented “persistence technology” into the firmware of Samsung mobile devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 as a result of this new partnership.
Using the Absolute Software technology, Samsung Galaxy device users will gain access to AbsoluteComputrace or Computrace LoJack for Laptops, allowing them to remotely track, secure and manage their devices across the world.
Samsung Knox is what the company is calling its “comprehensive enterprise mobile solution for work and play”, ensuring Android security from hardware to its applications. It will be accessible via a dedicated app on the home screen and will offer separate business and personal use of a handset. Security Enhanced Android software developed by the National Security Agency and file encryption protection within Samsung Knox offers a variety of enterprise applications for a secure environment.
“As we expand our position in the enterprise market, our customers are demanding enterprise level security solutions. This is what Samsung Knox and Absolute deliver,” said Dr. Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of the Technology Strategy Group at Samsung. “Absolute’s firmware-persistent technology and managed theft protection services are a feature of Samsung Knox for our enhanced security software and services strategy for the enterprise market.”
Whether users are accessing emails, contacts, calendars, surfing the net, file sharing or using business intelligence applications, Samsung Knox will also enabled existing Android eco-system apps to gain enterprise authorisation for any business user.
“We are excited to partner with the global mobile industry leader, Samsung, to provide enterprise mobility management and theft protection solutions for their devices,” said CEO of Absolute Software John Livingstone. “With Samsung, the leading provider of smartphones and Android tablets, we are extending Absolute’s patented persistence technology across the full spectrum of smart connected mobile services.”
Samsung Knox will launch for Samsung Galaxy mobile devices at a currently undisclosed date later this year. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship handset, fully compatible with the Samsung Knox service will be released on April 26.