Samsung may abandon KNOX and leave Android security to Google (or not)
One of the bigger surprises during Google I/O last month was the announcement that Samsung had allowed parts of its KNOX security software to be integrated into Android directly. Samsung made it sound like it would continue to support KNOX with features that would stay Samsung-only, but a new rumor is saying Samsung is killing off KNOX completely.
Forbes, which, while reputable, is not really known for breaking tech news, so it's hard to say how good the source is. But, if the report is true, Samsung has decided to abandon KNOX. The reasoning given is a combination of cost cutting (Samsung has had a 24% drop in operating profit this past quarter) and the fact that KNOX simply never gained much traction. The report claims that KNOX has a market share of under 2%, despite Samsung being on the verge of getting a deal with the U.S. Department of Defense. We're curious about that stat, because it feels like it is being confused with the recent report saying that of KNOX devices, only 2% actually bother using the secure container, which is different from market share.The report comes from
If true, it is definitely a surprising move by Samsung, and it leaves Google to create the security software to bring Android into the enterprise space more. Google is already going to be focusing more on security in Android L, but it's unclear how much those improvements will be added to the older versions of Android.
*Update*It seems that the whole report might be innacurate. A Samsung spokesperson reached out to us with this statement:
So, it appears that KNOX isn't going anywhere.