Google and Samsung enter into a partnership to bring KNOX to Android L

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 26 Jun 2014


In its 3 hour long I/O keynote yesterday, Google announced a partnership with Samsung to bring the latter’s KNOX technology suite to enterprise customers with the next version of Android. 

Google will be integrating a part of Samsung’s KNOX in Android L to bring a host of new features for enterprise and IT administrators. This includes the ability to deploy apps in bulk and underlying data separation for apps for different work and home profiles without any modification required from developers and more.

“I am very pleased and welcome this ground breaking partnership with Google. 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,” said Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business Group at Samsung Electronics. “We are delighted with the opportunity to work with Google to help build Android’s enterprise eco-system and establish Android device as the leading choice for businesses. This represents an amazing transformation in workforce mobility.”

Samsung’s KNOX has already been certified by many of the key security initiatives from the US, U.K. Governments and the Department of Defense (DoD) making it extremely popular among enterprise users. Therefore, it makes sense for Google to enter into a partnership with Samsung and use its enterprise security suite rather than developing its own and fragmenting the market.