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Feb252013

Galaxy S IV Coming March 14th; Samsung Unveils KNOX for Secure BYOD

At 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung Mobile announced its upcoming Unpakced event schedule for March 14th, where the Galaxy S IV phone would be unveiling.

The event will be live streaming on YouTube.

According to speculation, the Galaxy S 4 will sport a new 1080p display as well as a custom made 8-core Exynos processor. It would certainly run out-of-the-box Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean).

The S4 will go head to head with Apple’s iPhone 5 and their upcoming (iPhone 5S or iPhone 6).

According to rumors the Galaxy S IV will first launch in Europe and then come to the US afterwards.

Meanwhile, the company has announced Samsung KNOX, a comprehensive mobile solution for work and play.

KNOX is compatible with enterprise infrastructure such as MDM, VPN and directory services, provides an easy way to implement and manage Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies.

And, “it can be accessed via an icon on the home screen, and incorporates Security Enhanced (SE) Android and integrity management services implemented in both hardware and the Android framework. At the application layer, KNOX container presents to users a variety of enterprise apps in a secure environment,” explains Samsung.

KNOX enables existing Android eco-system apps to automatically gain enterprise integration and validated, robust security with zero change to the app source code.

“It relieves app developers from the burden of developing individual enterprise features such as FIPS compliant VPN, on-device encryption, Enterprise Single Sign On (SSO), Active Directory support and Smart Card based multi-factor authentication,” added Samsung.

samsung mobile unpacked: galaxy s iv (galaxy s 4)

Update 02/27: Samsung Wallet App launched at the Developer Day at MWC, allow users to store coupons, membership cards, tickets, and boarding passes on their smartphone.

Developers interested in Samsung Wallet can have a look at some early API and UI guides at Samsung Wallet developer page here.

The API can be used starting on March 7th. Meanwhile, watch the video below highlighting an application that includes some skeuomorphic design touches that seem awfully Passbookian.

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