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Samsung touts enterprise uses for Tab Active and Knox

Matt Hamblen | Sept. 12, 2014
Samsung is using the stage at this week's Super Mobility conference to promote its upcoming Galaxy Tab Active rugged tablet, its Knox security and management software, and even its Gear VR headset to enterprise users.

When this reporter tried out the Gear VR, there was no blur when I moved my head up and down and left and right. It was so realistic that it was hard to stay standing.

About halfway through the demo, the image in the display got foggy in the center, while the image remained crystal clear around the edges. A Samsung worker said there may have been a moisture buildup, but it's impossible to be sure. There wasn't any sound with the presentation, and it wasn't clear how sound from Note 4 will be heard, although some kind of ear bud attachment seems likely.

Samsung hasn't disclosed pricing plans or a shipping date for the Gear VR. Sales in the U.S. are expected in time for the holiday buying season.

In general, Samsung officials defended Knox management and security tools at a breakfast for reporters and analysts. They indicated the Knox brand will live on despite Samsung's recent move to take part in Google's Work initiative.

There are 2.2 million users on 24 different Knox devices available in many countries, Samsung said.

The cost for cloud support of Knox tools coasts $3.60 per user, but prices are expected to go down, said Jae Shin, vice president of the Knox Business Group at Samsung.

Officials at Centrify, a cloud-based identity management software partner with Samsung Knox, said Samsung is soon expected to make Knox its cloud support free for individuals and small and medium businesses and to lower its enterprise Knox support cost. Samsung would not comment on Centrify's statements.

Analysts noted that there has been a recent trend among Enterprise Mobility Management vendors to lower costs. Also, several analysts at Super Mobility Week speculated that Samsung is holding off to finish negotiations with Google over the license fees Samsung will receive for its contribution to Google Work.


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