Samsung Knox 2.0 brings two-factor authentication and better sandboxing

Samsung Knox 2.0 brings two-factor authentication and better sandboxing
You may have thought that you could get away from more Samsung news after the tsunami of Galaxy S5 coverage, but Samsung never strays too far from the headlines in the mobile world. During the S5 announcement, Samsung promised a new version of its Knox security would be unveiled, and now we know what to expect. Not surprisingly, Knox 2.0 leverages the Galaxy S5's new fingerprint scanner, and offers quite a bit more for the enterprise crowd.

The new version of Knox will offer a special treat for those who grab the new Galaxy S5 by allowing users to set up two-factor authentication on their devices. This would mean needing to both scan your fingerprint and enter your password to access your data. Samsung also has plenty of new features for those with older devices, and many focus on making management easier for both users and the IT department. 

Users get better sandboxing, so you can set up separate containers for different jobs or multiple locations or even as a way to separate your work data from personal data. It has also been made easier to get the apps you want and need. Now, any apps that support Android's multi-user framework can be installed into a secure container.

On the enterprise management side, there is a new cloud-based console for IT admins to keep control of devices, user accounts, access, and apps. The system now supports iOS devices in addition to Android as well. Samsung has also set up a new Knox Marketplace, where businesses can discover and install Knox services. 

Samsung has been pushing hard to gain more share of the enterprise market, but the numbers are difficult to parse. Samsung has said that it has sold 25 million devices with Knox since it first launched in , but there are only 1 million active users. It also reported 210,000 new activations each month. Knox 2.0 will be rolling out in Q2 of 2014 and will require Android 4.4. 

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12 Comments

1. hateftotti

Posts: 225; Member since: May 03, 2011

Day by day I like Galaxy S5 more and more. Sample shots, new touchwiz and now Knox 2.0 ...

2. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I hope its notably cheaper than the S4. Then the specs may seem not too bad.

4. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

YES "same old Samsung design". But NO it doesn't look bad at all.

3. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Sorry but no offend, but i really wanted to know the reason you like the GS5? As personally i found out that i have no any valid reason to choose it over any high end Samsung device like GS4 or GN3.

5. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

It will be much cheaper. TBH that is not what we expected but its still a high-end phone. If the price is lower than its predecessors it has a chance.

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Why there are people will still get the S5? Here are the few things why, 1. Loyalty. There are loyal Samsung customers, just like any other manufacturers. 2. Curious. Got bored of their phone from the manufacturer and wants to try out something different from other manufacturer and chose Samsung. 3. Fanboy. You know fanboys, no need to explain that. I really don't like the S5, the design is just ugly in my opinion, the specs are still awesome though but I'll pass with the S5. Sorry Samsung.

7. hateftotti

Posts: 225; Member since: May 03, 2011

-More advanced FHD Super AMOLED display -Faster processor -Great camera -more premium design(in my view) -works smoother with better touchwiz -IP67 certificate -Less gimmick features -fingerprint and heart rate sensor(maybe not for all) and lots of new things we will get familiar with them Just I expect lower price for S5

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Even if the S5 will have a lower price, it will just be lower a bit than the S4's price when the S4 first launched.

9. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Agree. For me the look of the phone comes second to function. And to be honest the look of the blue one is really starting to grow on me anyway

10. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

LOL, KNOX is sh*t

11. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Knox 2.0 will make it even harder for the community at xda to root and mod their devices. For the everyday user at xda this is not a good thing.

12. JDogg5281

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

so true!

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