Samsung turns to BlackBerry to enhance Android security


Samsung and BlackBerry today announced that BES12 (BlackBerry Enterprise Server 12) would be integrated with Samsung’s KNOX security platform on Galaxy smartphones and tablets starting early 2015. This will allow Samsung to provide enterprises with a more secure mobility solution for Android.

Combined, Samsung KNOX and BES12 offer many benefits, including various security enhancements, an improved user experience, and total separation of personal and business data (to ensure employee privacy and corporate security). You can find more details about the deal at the source links below.

Last month, a report claimed that Samsung KNOX was rather easy to hack. Moreover, earlier this year, BlackBerry CEO John Chen also suggested that KNOX wasn’t secure enough to truly protect Android. It seems that Samsung took note of that, now that it has partnered with the Canadian company.

Apart from being new partners when it comes to mobile security, Samsung and BlackBerry are competitors in the smartphone market, with the Korean giant being one of the manufacturers that are responsible (we’re not sure if this is the right word) for BlackBerry’s declining market share in the last years.

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43 Comments

1. wilsong17 unregistered

Good To see both of the world working together

13. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

s**t just got real

19. AnTuTu

Posts: 1596; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Kudos to both :)

2. rowdysheeter

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

in return, samsung, teach them how to produce enough handsets pls. (Still waiting for my passport :()

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The reason for there being such low inventory is that Blackberry didn't expect the kind of demand they received. They had a bet that the device would be successful, but didn't want to go ahead and create a bunch of headsets that may or may not have sold based on a bet. Look at Amazon with their Fire smartphone: they thought it was going to be a success and created so many of them that now they have warehouses with a good amount of stock that isn't moving. If I remember correctly, Amazon took over a million dollar hit because of that. It was smart for Blackberry to play it safe especially considering it was their first real signature device since restructuring.

11. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I don't know where you are, but the BB U.S. store had stock Monday night ($599!), so I ordered one with the leather folio and it will be here tomorrow.

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

BlackBerry's part of the deal is to teach Samsung how to build QUALITY handsets.

17. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Note 4?

20. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

Compare Note 4's build quality with Passport and you ll get what he means to say

21. sipha

Posts: 439; Member since: May 12, 2012

What are you talking about??

22. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

yeah a phone with a 1:1 screen and over 9cms wide? man this is an ipad mini with a 4.5 screen, I guess we know why one is bankrupt and the other is doing okay

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you're going to bash, at least come with correct information. BlackBerry is not bankrupt, or anywhere near it, with 3.1 billion in the bank. The only thing you did here was make yourself look like an uninformed troll.

24. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

hahahahahaha I'm glad they still can survive with that 0.1 something market share. glad samsung is feeding their kids now.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Their market share is only that low in the consumer market, which BlackBerry could care less about. In the enterprise market, the have 60% market share. More than anyone, INCLUDING Samsung. It really is a shame how trolls like you know so little.

28. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

60% market share in enterprise? It's 10 years ago statistic. Right now maybe only around 2%

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

60% market share in enterprise is a 2014 statistic. Your lack of knowledge about BlackBerry grows with each post you make.

36. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

You're such an uninformed idiot.

29. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Why do you bother feeding the trolls? Let them grow out of their braces and pimples, get jobs at McDonald's and get laid by humans. Maybe then they'll get it.

39. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

hahahahahhha. hell yeah. popular with the old dudes. btw post me some links about your precious info about a no-one-cares-about company. I want to be educated. like we give a shush about blackfarrty

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! You're so uninformed it's sad. If you don't care, why should I bother to post a troll like you any links?

30. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

Dude dimensions has nothing to do with build quality anyways XD

40. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

oh XD but who would buy a phone with tablet dimensions XD

42. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

But its dimensions are exactly of an actual passport

4. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

BlackBerry is refusing to die.. Kudos! Keep it up. Until your back in black.

9. GreenZone

Posts: 146; Member since: Mar 04, 2014

Zombie lives forever

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Apparently, so do trolls like you.

26. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

I think it's already too late. With this deal, who really want to buy BB device.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

When you want the best in security, you turn to BlackBerry. Even industry heavyweights like Samsung realize this. This can prove to be very lucrative for BlackBerry. This could be the start of many an Android manufacturer turning to BlackBerry for aid with making secure handsets, unless this is an exclusive deal. This is great news for both parties involved. It's always good to see OEM's that compete in one aspect(although, BlackBerry isn't really competing with Android at this time)come together to create something spectacular. I look forward to seeing the fruits of their labor.

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Like I have always said....BB is a beast for security. Even that one lil blip that happened recently...its almost forgotten. So much so I dont even know what to type to even search for the article...lol.

27. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Well, BB gives samsung an offer that samsung can't refuse. Samsung doesn't need to pay a single dime, got a headline news, but got a cut if any of samsung user use the BES12. It's a win for samsung, but we really need to see if this a win for BB, as this moves will make BB market share drop from 0.5% to 0.05%

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