Hardware firms BlackBerry and Samsung have announced a partnership to offer an end-to-end security solution for enterprise Android users.
BlackBerry said that the partnership will deliver "highly secure mobility for Android" through a combination of BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 12 and Samsung's government-approved Knox system.
Additional enterprise security will be included in Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets that run the Knox software.
The partnership will seek to exploit the increased use of Samsung tablets by consumers and workers, and BlackBerry's long-standing enterprise reputation.
BlackBerry said that the combination of services, expected to be available in 2015, will offer "a new and highly secure mobility option" for businesses.
"BlackBerry has developed a very close partnership with Samsung and we're committed to deepening the interaction between our engineering and product development teams for the long term," said John Sims, president of global enterprise services at BlackBerry.
"It is a natural progression in our path to provide customers with more alternatives to meet their evolving mobile needs.
"Samsung Knox offers a number of hardware and software security features, and our partnership allows us to tightly integrate these capabilities with BES 12."
The system will link secure connections with enterprise-standard device, application and data management stems, allowing workers to separate business and personal content on tablets and smartphones.
Samsung will resell BES 12, while BlackBerry will offer Knox as an extra for the BES 12 gold subscription level.
"We share the goal to provide enterprises with the most secure mobility solutions through this partnership with BlackBerry," said Injong Rhee, senior vice president of the Knox business group at Samsung Electronics.
"Samsung Knox is focused on delivering secure mobility solutions to enterprises and, combined with BES12, we will offer more options for customers that need enhanced levels of security on Android devices."
For more information on mobility, visit the Intel IT Center.
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