Samsung Knox 2.0 uses Galaxy S5 features for better security

February 25, 2014

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Samsung is continuing its efforts to make its smartphones more secure for enterprise with the new Samsung Knox 2.0 that takes advantage of some new features of the Galaxy S5.

The new Knox 2.0 is available for Samsung devices running Android 4.4 KitKat, but some features are unique to the manufacturer’s new flagship phone. The feature uses the fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy S5 for two-factor biometric authentication, for example, making users scan their fingerprint and input a code to unlock the device.

Knox 2.0 also includes the new Knox Key Storage feature that generates and stores encryption keys in the protected “TrustZone” environment. The names are a bit silly, but they’re important for those who need their phone to be secure.

The biggest reason Samsung created Knox and the new Knox 2.0 is for enterprise customers. To that end the new version makes it easier for IT departments to manage groups of phones with cloud-based mobile device management systems. There’s also the new Knox Marketplace which lets companies provide enterprise apps for their employees.

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Knox 2.0 will come preinstalled on the Samsung Galaxy S5, and those with older Samsung smartphones can upgrade as soon as their phone receives the KitKat update.

It seems Samsung’s ultimate goal with Knox is to supplant BlackBerry as the go-to smartphone maker for secure devices in the enterprise. The company is already making some progress in that goal, as it claims it sells about 210,000 Knox-enabled devices a month. There are already 1 million devices out there using the platform.

While some may have been disappointed by the Galaxy S5, there’s no denying that it’s a more exciting device than the BlackBerry Z10 for many users. Knox 2.0 might make it so more people can use the Galaxy S5, or older Samsung phones at work instead of being stuck with a BlackBerry they have to carry around along with a phone they actually want to use.

Have you had to use Knox on a pervious Samsung smartphone?

Comments

  • Denton S

    Disappointing they are going to rely on knox so much. Only to be expected though I guess.

    • csharpner

      Knox is a pretty cool feature. You don’t have to use it if you don’t want to, but it provides a secure platform that IT departments can give the “OK” to corporate to start supporting them at work. That’s been a big problem with getting Android phones the green light in big companies… lack of hard security.

      • Denton S

        Oh no don’t misunderstand me. I fully support the app for situations like that I think it makes perfect sense and would in fact be a good thing for me at work. It does however mess about with your average user who likes to mess with the custom rom side of things. If there was ever an option to have both aspects I think that would be for the best.

        • Adam Outler

          Knox has nothing to do with that. Your qualm is with locked bootloaders. Knox is a trusted execution environment.

          • Daniel Kiselev

            no, if you mess something up during root process or flashing the knox counter will be triggered(downgrading also triggers knox). What does this mean? Well, you will permanently lose your warranty and will not be able to receive any updates.

          • Adam Outler

            That’s like blaming the odometer on your car for breakdowns. Sure there’s a counter and if the counter says you have no warranty, you have none.. That’s not an issue. Its common for Motorola, Samsung and HTC to void warranty during unlock. The problem is getting the device unlocked is nearly impossible in USA.

          • Daniel Kiselev

            um no, you call up att and ask for an unlock code. att has a 5 unlock code policy per year. Not sure about others tho.

          • Adam Outler

            Do you know the difference between carrier and boot loader unlocking? You can switch carriers with a carrier unlock and you don’t need to call AT&T to do so. You can mod your kernel and ROM with a boot loader unlock.

  • mustbepbs

    Lock dat bootloader tite, Sammy.

    • Daniel Kiselev

      the bootloaders are locker by your carrier…This is why for the note3 and gs4 ATT has locked and tmobile has unlocked

  • Mf Lye

    Does it means if you root their phones, you’ll lose warranty?

    • Mozaik

      Lol , your icon and your comment are perfect match for the reaction ;)

    • Adam Outler

      no. Magnuson Moss Warranty Act.

    • Daniel Kiselev

      No, the rooting process is just different.

    • John Kim

      Starting GS5, free Knox will not be available any longer. Only B2B enterprise Knox will be available on GS5 and the upcoming new devices.

  • MasterMuffin

    “on a pervious Samsung” previous? :D

  • Amine Elouakil

    Even Goophone managed to make a better product while copying the S5 lmao

    http://www.goophone.cc/goophone-s5.html
    Heck it has even 32gb on internal storage + micro SD, and it cost between 250-300$ lol.

    And back to title, so it means that devs will struggle again to unlock the bootloader while the customer risk to brik his phone and will lose his warranty….great…

  • Rohit Naik

    Must watch video for ppl who dont have Galaxy S5

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHcZ47z_el4

    • Adam Outler

      Noone has GS5

  • trwb

    TrustZone! I think i’ll keep this phone in the FriendZone.

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