BARCELONA: Samsung unveiled Knox Marketplace at Mobile World Congress (MWC) on Tuesday, alongside Knox Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) and a bunch of updated security tools.
Samsung Knox Marketplace is an enterprise mobility storefront offering both Samsung Knox services and other business-focused apps, such as Microsoft Office 365, Box and Google Apps.
From here, IT managers and SMBs can purchase apps or software bundles, and with Active Directory and single sign-on support included, these can be assigned to users immediately, with the app promptly appearing in the Samsung Knox container.
Alongside Knox Marketplace, Samsung also unveiled Knox Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), a cloud-based mobile management service that also comes with single sign-on support.
Injong Rhee, senior vice president of Samsung's Knox business, said: "These two products are designed to better serve small and medium-sized businesses, who don't have an IT department to rely on, but they want to manage their customers in a secure manner."
Samsung also added a number of new security features to its Knox service, as it looks make its mark on the enterprise market. These new features include two-factor authentication, support for the Samsung Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner, certificate management, VPN+ and an enhanced container.
Joe Moles, senior director of Knox product management, said: "In the new version of the Knox container, it is no longer necessary to wrap applications. This means enterprises have faster access to more applications as they come to market, and it's also good news for app developers."
Samsung is no doubt hoping these new features will increase the appeal of its Knox service, which today is enabled on just one in every 25 devices that it arrives embedded on.
Rhee added: "Since Knox debuted in October 2013, five months have passed and there are already 25 million Knox-embedded devices, and over one million users have activated it, equal to 7,000 activations a day. What's more, model availability will triple this year.
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