Samsung seems to have changed its mind over how businesses can get their hands on the company's Knox mobile security service.
The latest development in V3's epic saga to find out when Knox will arrive in the UK and how businesses will be able to make use of it occurred in early June when a Samsung spokeswoman told us: "Knox will be available as a software update for compatible Samsung devices later this year."
This would be fine other than the fact that Samsung told us in early May that Knox was available already on S4 handsets in the UK, but it was down to the mobile operators to offer it to their corporate customers.
The confusion was further compounded when we started getting reports suggesting numerous companies and even government agencies in the UK are already moving to roll out Knox and Samsung listed it as a core feature on its recently unveiled Galaxy S4 Mini smartphone.
The reports suggesting Knox-enabled smartphones are already in the UK began at the start of May when the Cabinet Office hinted it was considering following the US Department of Defense's example and approving the service for official use. Sadly Samsung is yet to respond to V3's request for comment on the report and whether some samples have already been activated in the UK.
The lack of clarity is particularly sad as Knox could be a huge selling point for Samsung's Galaxy range of tablets and smartphones in the enterprise, being a key tool that could remove the ongoing security concerns around Android. Knox is a security feature that is designed to offer a similar sandboxing service to BlackBerry Balance. The feature in theory will let users set up separate work and home areas on the phone, meaning businesses can have app management and data wipe powers on the work side, while being unable to touch non-work data stored on the user's personal side.
While this won't stop business users getting infected with Android malware, either by falling victim to a nefarious phishing message or downloading a Trojanised application on the phone's personal side, it will at least help IT managers offer frontline protection on the work side. Here's hoping Samsung makes its mind up once and for all on when Knox will actually arrive in the UK soon.
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