Weekly Tech Roundup: From Nokia X Android Phones to Samsung KNOX 2.0
28 Feb. 2014 Enterprise Tech News
There have been many happenings in the tech world in the past week but more or less it has been the Mobile World Congress 2014 (MWC 2014) that has been making the headlines and filling up the pages. We take a look at some of the stories.
Facebook – Walking the “Mobile First” Talk
Mobile is the new overused word in the tech world. Every company talks about being “mobile first”. While other companies have done all the talking, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have actually gone ahead and made it that way.
This comes on the back of a big percentage of industry insiders predicting that Facebook would struggle to make money and go mobile together. The recent acquisition of WhatsApp adds more spunk to Facebook’s already powerful brand.
Nokia X Android phones steal limelight from Samsung’s S5 at MWC 2014
It has been evident from the past that in the technology space, predictions go wrong and big releases failing to excite the users. This is what exactly happened with the Samsung Galaxy S5. Before the MWC 2014, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was tipped to be a big draw but it was in fact the Nokia X series of low-cost Android phones which took away the limelight from the Samsung’s much hyped flagship.
The mobile market is seeing a transition of people opting for smartphones ahead of feature phones. However the low cost and premium-like features of the Nokia X series seem to hold more promise as compared to the new flagship phone from Samsung, atleast in the emerging markets.
Global Multinationals Invest in BlackBerry Enterprise Mobility Solutions
BlackBerry maybe at the wrong end of the tunnel when compared with Samsung and Apple but it still is a formidable force in the enterprise mobile communications space. This fact was backed up with the news that Daimler AG and Airbus Group are among the latest multinational customers to adopt BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) and BlackBerry(R) 10 smartphones.
BlackBerry still secures mobile communication for more than 80,000 enterprises. The enterprises choose Blackberry for a number of reasons. It offers behind the firewall protection, end to end and gold standard security. This ensures that the critical and sensitive data of the enterprises is protected across every mobile device on the network.
One of BlackBerry’s another popular offering is a best-in-class COPE (Corporate Owned Personally Enabled) management solution with BES10
Samsung Announces KNOX 2.0 for Enterprise Mobility
Samsung was not just about the launch of Galaxy S5. They’re also making strides in the enterprise mobility space. Samsung announced KNOX 2.0, the evolution of KNOX at the MWC 2014. KNOX is the company’s end-to-end secure mobile platform solution which is designed to provide advanced data and privacy protection for enterprise users.
It has got a host of new features that will please the IT departments of companies who were looking for reassurance and convenience in their bid to successfully implement and manage their BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategies. It is considered to be one of the most secure Android platforms for the enterprise.
It was announced that new features of KNOX 2.0 will be commercially available in Q2 2014. The existing generation KNOX users will be able to upgrade to KNOX 2.0 after upgrading to KitKat once this happens. It was also announced that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will come with pre-installed KNOX 2.0.
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