BlackBerry has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Samsung to provide enhanced security features to the Android platform. The agreement is mainly for the enterprise market, where BlackBerry holds the most secure platform; while Samsung has been attempting to make in-roads with its own Samsung KNOX solutions.
The partnership will allow enterprises to add Android powered Samsung Galaxy devices to the list of smartphones that can be managed by BlackBerry’s BES12. It isn’t too surprising that BlackBerry would go along with this as the number of consumers who prefer bringing their own Samsung devices to work is steadily increasing. Samsung, on the other hand, has been steadily trying to grab a larger piece of the enterprise market since launching its KNOX business solutions.
Samsung devices were only recently added to the list of approved devices for use by the US government; which until then had mainly relied on BlackBerry. These was due to the addition of KNOX, despite the security solution being described as containing several vulnerabilities that could completely compromise the system. The assistance of BlackBerry could go a long way to convincing business users that KNOX is still secure.
BlackBerry’s cross platform support could work wonder for bringing new customers in to its BES12 enterprise solutions; which would be carrying the momentum brought with the recent BlackBerry Passport launch.