Samsung Announces the Enterprise Device Program to Further Business Transformation

By Isaac Oburu
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Samsung today announced a series of initiatives targeting enterprise mobility, focused on security, productivity and choice. Samsung is committed to helping businesses with their mobility and productivity needs, ranging from hardware to business applications as well as creating a set of unique solutions secured by Samsung’s KNOX platform.

These solutions will be available starting with the Samsung Galaxy S7.

An Expanded Commitment to Secure Mobility

Android is a secure and trusted platform ready for enterprises to deploy robust business solutions now. Samsung delivers the industry leading mobile security platform and starting with the Galaxy S7, Samsung extends this leadership by delivering Android for Work (AfW) hardened by Samsung KNOX. This allows AfW customers to realize the same core elements of hardware-backed protection that Government and other highly regulated industries receive when they use Samsung KNOX. Customers continue to preserve their investments and automatically benefit from the KNOX security platform.

“Samsung is giving enterprises and professionals the most productive and secure mobility experience available on the market today,” said Dr. Injong Rhee, Executive Vice President and Head of R&D, Software and Services, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “You gain next-generation innovation that can help bring you and your business to a new level of growth. The robustness of Android, the award winning security benefits of KNOX cannot be matched.”

Enterprise Device Program

Starting with the Galaxy S7, Samsung is also announcing the Enterprise Device Program (EDP). This multi-faceted program is designed to give businesses confidence in the purchase decision with respect to security and availability of the devices. There are two core components of the EDP:

Monthly Security Updates

In 2015, Samsung began working with industry partners and operators to distribute monthly Android security updates on Samsung Galaxy devices. Samsung has extended their security commitments to now include over 100 countries. These critical security updates include both Android core and Samsung specific security patches. This gives the global customer base assurances they will receive security updates in a timely manner to maximize device security and productivity.

“With Android for Work, we’ve invested a lot to make Android a trusted platform for people to use in the workplace. With Samsung further reinforcing the platform with KNOX and committing to monthly security updates, the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be one of the best choices on the market today for enterprises,” said Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP of Android, Chrome OS & Chromecast at Google.

Two-year Device Purchase Program

Samsung recognizes the need for enterprises to have a complete device lifecycle management program in place. Enterprise customers are now able to take advantage of a two-year purchase assurance program for select device models, starting with the Galaxy S7, giving them the ability to purchase the same device model up to two years from the device’s market availability. This program will simplify how customers define their fleet of devices and manage their refresh cycles.