We've heard that Google intended to really make a push for greater corporate adoption with the L release, and the company touched on some of its plans in today's keynote. It confirmed that Android will empower companies to separate personal data from work data using containers without outside companies having to apply additional code to their devices. Interestingly, this comes thanks in part to Samsung, which has contributed some of its KNOX code to the next version of Android.


Regardless of how enticing this may be to corporations, many employees won't have access to the L release of Android for months, if not years, after its release. To address this, Google will release an app that brings much of this security to older devices.

Developers will be able to take advantage of this functionality without having to make any changes to their existing apps. On the consumer side, companies will be able to purchase said apps in bulk.

For more details on the KNOX integration, here's a full press release.

Samsung and Google to Bring Enterprise Enhancements to Android

Samsung KNOX Security to be Contributed to Android

San Francisco, CA – June 26, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd., and Google announced that a part of the Samsung KNOX technology will be integrated into the next version of the Android. The next version of Android, which was previewed today at Google I/O, will include a number of new features for enterprise users and IT administrators, such as a separate container to manage and secure business data. This new experience will also provide business users and IT administrators with the ability to adapt to evolving enterprise mobility trends. The announcement is great news for Samsung KNOX related Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and developers who can extend potential target market to a broader Android community with minimal implementation effort.

“I am very pleased and welcome this ground breaking partnership with Google. As a driving force of Android powered mobile devices, Samsung is in a unique position to meet the rapidly evolving mobile security and privacy needs of Android users,” said Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business Group at Samsung Electronics. “We are delighted with the opportunity to work with Google to help build Android’s enterprise eco-system and establish Android device as the leading choice for businesses. This represents an amazing transformation in workforce mobility.”

"Samsung has been pioneering to bring Android to the enterprise. We are grateful for their contribution to the Android open source project,” said Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of Engineering, Android. “Jointly we are bringing enterprise-grade security and management capabilities to all manufacturers participating in the Android ecosystem."

The goal of this unique collaboration is to address the evolving needs for a resilient and secure mobile platform. At the same time it ensures that the end user privacy and experiences are not compromised, so users can enjoy the same Android experience for work as they do for personal use. Along with this effort to expand into the enterprise mobility market powered by the Android platform, Samsung will continue to provide the advanced, differentiated, and comprehensive enterprise mobility solution for enterprise customers.

Samsung KNOX is currently the only Android provider of defense-grade and government-certified mobile security complying with key US Government and Department of Defense (DoD) initiatives and other standards for mobile device security. This enables its deployment in government and other highly regulated enterprise environments. The Samsung KNOX platform received the STIG approval from the US Defense Information Systems Agency to use in US DoD networks in May 2013 and was upgraded to STIG version 2 in April 2014. UK government also recently published End User Device (EUD) Security Guidance for Samsung KNOX on using select Samsung Android devices. Additionally, MDFPP Common Criteria was certified for KNOX embedded devices such as Galaxy S5 and Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) in May 2014 and Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note PRO in Feb 2014 each.

Samsung also offers a comprehensive KNOX management and application store service. In addition to the Samsung KNOX components found in this next generation Android platform, Samsung will keep developing specialized proprietary services such as KNOX EMM and KNOX Marketplace.

For more information, please visit www.samsungknox.com

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

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  • lobstermagnet

    The end is near
    Unless root is still obtainable along with a unlocked BL

    • Dipta Datta Gupta

      OH NO!!!!!!!!!!

    • DennisHeffernan

      Yeah, not abused. Does not sound good for the customization community.

    • h4rr4r

      What sort of BS are you talking about?
      Worst case you unlock the bootloader and flash your own kernel. Easy peasy.

      • Xajel

        Not every body want to unlock their bootloader before warranty ends, and not every body can actually unlock their bootloader... don't say buy a Nexus, as not every body like the Nexus line...

        • blumpkinator

          The "before warranty ends" is just bullshit.

          Most devices have unlock-able boot loaders now. The few exceptions are some USA carrier branded handsets.

          Don't buy handsets that aren't unlock-able. Pretty much every phone comes in an unlock-able version, you might have to pay a little more but it's possible to obtain.

          • Xajel

            It might be true. But If you have a knox enabled device and you unlockable device and you unlocked it or even flashed custom kernel. The knox flag will be triggered and warranty will be void even if you tried to lock it again... the knox flag is a one way only...

            Of course this behavior will not be forced for all devices

            Sony devices is another story. Theres DRM keys in a specific partition. This partition is cleared when you unlock the bootloader and the DRM keys will be lost for ever. There's a way to backup these but it requires root so u will need to find an exploit to root without unlocking the bootloader

          • ginger

            How do u unlock bootloader and what is it for?

    • Guest

      for old devices towel root will keep working.

  • gotluck

    lockdown was the primary reason i left ios for android

  • Gabriel Hellsing

    Khaaaaaaaaaaaaan! Erh, wait. I mean Knooooooooooox!

    That aside. Methinks we're royally boned with Knox being integrated into the OS at a Google-level.

    • blumpkinator

      probably not any more than root was boned by the inclusion of SElinux in Android.

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  • DonEmu

    Hope Knox is optional, as in locking down the phone is just an option.

    Then again the only Root app I really use anymore is Greenify.

  • Elia Lazzarin

    Not what I'd call good news...

    • Calvin Uijlen

      I don't think this is bad. Even devices with Knox are easy to root..

      • Elia Lazzarin

        I hope you're right, I really do.

      • tim242

        That is not true. The S5 took two months to root, with many devs working to do it. The one Linux exploit has already been patched.

        • epicmau5time

          That's the carrier branded models, not the international models

        • Hotzigetty

          Ummm, only the US/Canadian models. The Internal (exynos and snapdragon) are easily rootable (thanks to Chainfire)

          • tim242

            That chainfire root took months to do, and OEM's have already patched that exploit. June 3 was the cutoff date.

          • sponplat

            Wrong, international devices do not come with a locked bootloader. They have been rootable from day one and still are, it did not take 2 months.

            Knox does not in any way hinder root, only locking the bootloader does. Samsung does not lock the bootloader on the intl versions, only the US ones where the carrier demands it. There is no need to use towelroot on the intl s5 as you can flash a custom recovery and install whatever rom youd like.

            If you can't root your phone, blame your carrier, not samsung.

          • Blake

            Yeah exactly, All knox does it puts a permanent mark to show that you device has been rooted before, and if you have, it wont let you use their knox security service

          • mcnegro

            do they even need an exploit? Can't you just flash a custom recovery and then flash the superSU zip?

            Haven't worked with Samsungs but that's how I've done every other Android phone. Unlock bootloader, flash recovery, flash superSU.zip

            Anyone that bought the US branded Samsungs with the perma locked bootloaders made a poor choice if they intended to have root or use roms.

          • Hotzigetty

            Umm, the root was out before the device was on sale, afaik, iirc, all that. It's still root able with cf autoroot or whatever. Just need to flash that via odin, one click, rooted.

          • blumpkinator

            one click auto root tools are a mixed bag. They are convenient if you're rooting your dozenth device but are not good for new users because they don't learn anything.

            Since you mention flashing with odin, I'm guessing it involves auto flashing a custom recovery and then planting an su binary in /system from recovery? And thus only works on Samsung devices that aren't bootloader locked?

            If it's using some exploit to gain access to /system and drop the SU binary then that's going to get patched.

  • Barnassey

    Ugh There has to be an option to completely turn off knox when you first activate a phone. Because knox is annoying at best, and infuriating at worst.

    • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

      KNOX is part of the system itself, there's no way to "turn it off".

      • Barnassey

        Duh. Thats why i said it SHOULD be. I already know KNOX is integrated at the bootloader and system level.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Seems like Samsung got tired to re-apply their modifications to each new Android version, so they decided to put some of it into AOSP.

  • Bob Hart

    One Plus One is looking a wee bit better down the road.

  • MeCampbell30

    What, exactly, is knox?

  • True Radiant Free

    Does anybody have that water wallpaper?

  • Toboe

    Sooooo, porn mode?
    (one swipe/pin/whatever to unlock to your normal phone, a different to get a seperate container (it's own memory, apps installed and so on))