During Google I/O, Sundar Pichai surprisingly was heard touting Samsung’s Knox security platform, despite market adoption of the technology sitting at less than 2%.
Samsung is ‘giving’ Knox to Google, who will now take the lead on Android security, and with Knox obtaining US Department of Defence accreditation, it seems a stable foundation for Google to build on for Android security, which has often been the center of focus when it comes to criticising Android.
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Update: A Samsung spokesperson contacted us and issued the following statement:
Samsung is committed to the long term evolution of mobile security and the ongoing development of Samsung KNOX. While Samsung is contributing a part of KNOX technology for the benefit of the entire Android community and enterprise customers, Samsung KNOX remains the most secure Android platform from the hardware to the application level. Samsung will continue to work with our partners to enable KNOX for all of our valued customers. Our list of enterprise and government clients continues to grow rapidly, and is a testament to our commitment to providing highly-desirable, secure mobile devices across all industries. Furthermore, Samsung continues to offer differentiated and highly valuable mobile enterprise services such as KNOX EMM and KNOX Marketplace to provide customers with the most secure and scalable mobility management solution.
Google taking on Knox seems perfectly sensible, and it also provides Samsung with some brownie points in a time where their profits are struggling, publicly cementing them as a solid partner with Google.
A recent report by Forbes seems to agree that this is the way it will go, and whilst there are a few questions still left unanswered when it comes to backward compatability and distribution mechanisms, it appears Knox will be the focus for Android security going forward.