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Samsung formally announcing global availability of Knox 2.0 for the Galaxy S5
Samsung formally announced Knox 2.0 back at MWC in February, and today the company is making it available worldwide, at least for those that are rocking the Galaxy S5. For other Samsung device owners? Samsung says Knox 2.0 functionality will arrive to other Samsung devices down the road via a software update.
Knox 2.0 actually comes pre-installed on Samsung’s latest handset, but IT departments can now activate and use the security platform if they so wish. As expected, there’s a number of new features here and Samsung is even billing Knox as a “portfolio of multiple products and services” as opposed to a single platform.
In fact, Samsung is actually renaming the core platform and app container as Knox Workspace, and has added two new cloud-based services: Knox EMM so IT teams can remote control devices and a new app store called Knox Marketplace. Additionally, Samsung’s Knox now has compatibility with 3rd party containers and offers GS5-specific security features that utilize the fingerprint scanner. Knox 2.0 also includes a new Knox Key Storage feature that generates and then stores encryption keys in what Samsung calls the “TrustZone” environment.
For businesses looking separate business from personal, there’s a new option in Knox that reportedly makes it possible for carriers to calculate the costs for personal and professional usage and bill these items separately. Keep in mind that Knox 2.0 service doesn’t come free, and will set back businesses $3.60 per user per month, though there are discounts for larger organizations with multiple accounts.
For more details about the latest version of Knox, be sure to check out Samsung’s official blog.