Samsung drops cost of KNOX to the low, low price of $0

Samsung drops cost of KNOX to the low, low price of $0
Samsung's Mobile Device Management suite KNOX, is being dropped in price to $0. Actually, for that price you probably will receive an "Express" version that includes MDM basics like cloud portal management, and a container or sandbox where certain enterprise related apps can run with no fears. Businesses with a fleet of more than 250 smartphones will have to pony up $1 a month in order to manage a fleet of phones based on company specific policies. This "Premium" edition includes Active Directory integration, and application white-and-blacklisting.

Samsung can afford to price KNOX so cheaply because it isn't counting on its MDM business to make money. After all, Samsung is the largest smartphone manufacturer on the planet. Some of its MDM rivals also produce handsets, like BlackBerry. The latter's BES12 will be able to monitor a fleet full of BlackBerry, Android, iOS and Windows Phone handsets.

No question that Samsung has made things much tougher for its competition with the low pricing. Those using a KNOX enabled device can switch from using the handset in the traditional way, to having a container full of secure apps like a browser, calendar, contacts list and apps that are all designed for the enterprise. At the end of the business day, KNOX is turned off and the regular UI returns. The whole idea is to keep business apps separate from "playtime" apps allowing users to bring their own devices to work. It also prevents malware from infecting the enterprise side of the phone.

There is some speculation that Android L will contain some parts of KNOX so that all Android users can separate work data from play data.

source: TheRegister

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13 Comments

1. LiquidSnake

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

It's worth $0, too.

2. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

fakelee with new account?

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Just one of the many accounts. Ban one create another. By now there no telling how many accounts he has.

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Over nine thousand... :-S

5. Dumbledora

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

That comment with that pic.....

9. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

You forgot the all caps and the exclamation marks.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

How much can we pay to remove KNOX from new Samsungs? Actually, nevermind. I'll never buy another Samsung (unless it's a used older one).

10. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I thought it was easy to root and get rid of? I haven't been on XDA for a while seeing as how I never had the need to root the HTC One M8 or M7, Motorola Droid Razr M or Moto X. I think the last phone I rooted was the HTC Rezound.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The KNOX-based Samsung phones are not easy to root, especially on ATT and VZW. The root for the Galaxy S5, for example, took over a year (towelroot).

7. justttclassified

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Samsung rocks and at the same time they suck .. But they rock most of the time. "MOST "

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

they suck in midrange and low end catagory.... chinese are better option in same price tag

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Who needs KNOX anyway? Even if I will get paid having it, still not availing.

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Its only real use is to manage corporate software, like Microsoft Exchange. If you use Exchange and the admin decides to remote wipe your account, without the KNOX container, it will remote wipe your entire phone. With the container, it will just wipe the container. Now, whether or not Exchange should remote wipe your entire phone in the first place is another matter...

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