Ok, finally not a story about 5G or foldable phones. Let’s talk about Android Enterprise.
Google and Samsung are announcing a new partnership today that will see both the companies working together to improve enterprise solutions for their customers. The partnership involves both Google and Samsung combining their respective enterprise solutions (Android Enterprise and Knox Platform for Enterprise) to provide a unified solution that works well for everyone.
Samsung is embracing Android Enterprise’s OEMConfig system as part of Knox Service Plugin to offer a unified and consistent experience for customers. By embracing OEMConfig, Knox will use the same system as other OEMs, meaning there will be a consistent experience for everyone involved. But more importantly, it will give Android OEMs access to Samsung’s Knox Platform for Enterprise features without having to build their own.
Both the companies are also combining their respective solutions for bulk enrollment of enterprise devices. The companies are developing a common client library with a streamlined and unified API set that will work on both Android devices and Samsung devices, available this spring.
The idea behind the partnership is pretty simple and might actually be really helpful for both Samsung’s and Google’s enterprise customers. Knox and Android Enterprise providing a streamlined experience means less work for enterprise customers that are distributing hundreds of phones to employees, and Android OEMs will also be getting access to Samsung’s extensive set of enterprise-focused features.