Samsung’s enterprise solution called KNOX was quite heavily endorsed last year and even received approval from the U.S. government for use by its officials. Samsung was also revealed to be contributing the work done with KNOX to Google which would mean that future iterations of Android will have a KNOX like solution by default. This seems like enough reason for Samsung to ditch it as having two services of the same nature would make it rather redundant.
The report which generates from Forbes goes onto suggest that Samsung’s shrinking profits and a razor thin adoption rate of KNOX among customers is also a contributing factor behind scrapping this project altogether. But fortunately, Samsung has ensured that their work doesn’t go to waste as it has provided Google the necessary code for implementation within Android. This is a logical move by Samsung and will be welcomed by fans. It is said that only 2% of Samsung device owners make use of KNOX, which is enough reason to pull the plug.
Update: Samsung has issued the following statement on the matter – “Samsung is committed to the long term evolution of mobile security and the ongoing development of Samsung KNOX. While Samsung is contributing a part of KNOX technology for the benefit of the entire Android community and enterprise customers, Samsung KNOX remains the most secure Android platform from the hardware to the application level. Samsung will continue to work with our partners to enable KNOX for all of our valued customers. Our list of enterprise and government clients continues to grow rapidly, and is a testament to our commitment to providing highly-desirable, secure mobile devices across all industries. Furthermore, Samsung continues to offer differentiated and highly valuable mobile enterprise services such as KNOX EMM and KNOX Marketplace to provide customers with the most secure and scalable mobility management solution.”