Galaxy S4 is first Samsung smartphone with KNOX enterprise security technology

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The Galaxy S4 is the first Samsung smartphone to come with KNOX security technology, which is designed for enterprise use.

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4 at a flashy launch event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City Thursday night. The smartphone includes a number of software upgrades and new features. For more coverage of the Galaxy S4 launch, see this report by Fierce Wireless' Phil Goldstein.

The Galaxy S4 is the first smartphone to ship with Samsung's KNOX security technology. Similar to the BlackBerry Balance technology, KNOX enables the secure separation of corporate and personal workspaces to protect the security of corporate data and applications.

Samsung explained that KNOX incorporates the security-enhanced Android platform developed by the National Security Agency and integrity management services implemented in both hardware and the Android framework.

KNOX is compatible with existing common enterprise infrastructure including mobile device management, virtual private networks and directory services.

The secure KNOX container offers enterprise applications such as email, browser, contacts, calendars, file sharing, collaboration, customer relationship management and business intelligence applications.

Samsung went a step further with KNOX than it did with its SAFE platform, according to Maribel Lopez, founder of Lopez Research and a contributor to Forbes magazine. Lopez forecasted that Samsung will extend KNOX to other operating systems, such as Windows and Tizen.

For more:
- see Samsung's Galaxy S4 release and microsite
- check out Samsung's KNOX announcement
- read Lopez's blog
- check out the launch video

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