Will the advance of smartphone technology ever come to an end? Surely they can’t just keep on getting better forever. We know that Moore’s Law indicates that their performance will double every 18 months or so, and that does seem to have been happening, but it must come to an end someday. However for now technology marches on; and sitting in the wings for 2014 are the most amazing smartphones to see the light of day. They are so powerful that they can provide gaming experiences that are compatible with the latest consoles from Microsoft and Sony.
Currently the most eagerly awaited gaming smartphone for 2014 is the Samsung Galaxy S5. In terms of gaming smartphones Galaxy always seems to be ahead of the game and the S5 will be no different. With a 2.5 GHz microprocessor and integrated graphics processor incorporated in a SoC and a HD 5.2 inch screen, graphics intensive games such as Dungeonforge will run perfectly. This will also provide the ultimate mobile casino gaming experience. Making the launch of the S5 an exciting prospect.
If you also enjoy playing games at an online casino, then you might be interested to know that the S5 will connect to Wi-Fi and your 4G network at the same time. In terms of processing power the phone is a little over the top for playing blackjack and slots online, but with this phone you should be able to do so while simultaneously downloading a movie over Wi-Fi. There is also a 16 megapixel camera.
Although not quite as highly specified as the S5, the HTC M8 is also a very cool phone. It will have a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a 5 inch 1920 x 1080 pixel screen which means that it is almost as good; but it lags in the video capture, processor, size and weight departments.
The Korea Times reports, “The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) concluded that Samsung’s claims that Apple infringed on its wireless patents are acceptable, and does not violate the fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing principles.”
An FTC official said, “What’s important is how sincerely the two companies tried to resolve the patent dispute, but it is difficult to believe that Apple was sincere in negotiating with Samsung to iron out their differences. Therefore, we don’t think Samsung unfairly used the lawsuit to hinder Apple’s business activities.”
The official added, “Samsung with the standard-essential patents based on the FRAND licensing terms tried to resolve the matter and the level of patent license fee was not so high. Samsung’s lawsuit is a legitimate act to protect its patent rights.”
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Samsung devices with Knox embedded receive ‘MDFPP Common Criteria Certification’ – first time in mobile industry
Samsung devices with Knox embedded (Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 LTE-A, Galaxy Round, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4 Mini, and Galaxy Mega 6.3) have received the “MDFPP Common Criteria Certification.”
Samsung announced in a press release:
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (“Samsung”) announced that the company’s selected Galaxy devices with KNOX embedded have received Common Criteria (CC) certification, as officially documented by Gossamer Labs of Catonsville, MD. Common Criteria is the international “gold standard” for secure and trusted systems, specifically to ensure that they satisfy the predefined set of security requirements designed for enterprises. Samsung KNOX confers enhanced security upon mobile devices, helping enterprises protect mobile access to high-value information assets.
Common Criteria certification assures that certified devices are independently evaluated and verified to meet fundamental security requirements specified in the Protection Profile. The current CC certification targets the new Mobile Device Fundamentals Protection Profile (MDFPP) of National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) published in October 2013, which addresses the security requirements of mobile devices for use in enterprise. The components certified in CC form a strong cryptographic foundation on which more advanced KNOX security features are implemented. This certification validates s that enterprises can safely provide their workers access to networks and high-value information assets using CC-certified Galaxy devices with KNOX embedded.
The entire focus of the Knox initiative for Samsung has been on bringing enhanced security to mobile devices. “This endeavor is about more than security, but rather on the noble pursuit of driving the entire mobile ecosystem to bring the enterprise customer a better high-assurance solution than they have ever had access to,” said Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business, IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.
“In my twenty-five years doing security evaluations, rarely have I seen a company that could complete an entire Common Criteria evaluation, from the very first meeting to complete, in under four months”, said Jim Arnold, Director of Gossamer Security Solutions. “At Gossamer we pride ourselves on our responsiveness and Samsung’s speed and agility as a company certainly challenged us.”
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Samsung has unveiled SDKs (Software Developer Kits) for the newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 to developers, allowing developers to start making or optimising apps for the two new devices.
Samsung announced in a press release:
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today announced the immediate availability of Software Development Kits (SDKs) for the Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear 2, during Samsung Developer Day at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
Following the unveiling of the Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear 2 in Barcelona on February 24, the SDKs were introduced before over 500 app developers from around the world at Samsung Developer Day, a conference Samsung has held since 2011 for app developers, at the App Planet exhibition space at MWC.
An SDK for the Samsung Gear 2 based on Tizen was also introduced publicly for the first time. In addition to these SDKs, a Gear Fit SDK for Samsung Gear Fit was introduced, foreshowing the potential for wearable apps development.
Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, president and head of the Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics, said “Samsung will continue to provide more comprehensive SDKs for our mobile devices and maintain collaborative relationships with development partners to present unique and unprecedented content and services to our customers.”
During Samsung Developer Day, the company also introduced an upgraded Samsung Mobile SDK 1.5 with the finger scanning technology, strengthened motion-detection function included in the Galaxy S5 as well as Multi-screen technology for developing apps that can simultaneously operate on TV and mobile devices.
The S Health SDK was also presented to developer partners. S Health, Samsung’s personalized app which utilizes a user’s health information accumulated through sensors, is available on various Samsung mobile devices.
In addition to the SDK exhibitions and demonstrations, a presentation on mobile app development trends for 2014 was provided by guest speaker Andreas Constantinou, the CEO of VisionMobile.
Awards for the Samsung Smart App Challenge 2013, a global contest for app development held successfully last year, were also presented in a ceremony.
You can find more information about the new released SDKs today at Samsung Developers website at http://developer.samsung.com.
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Samsung has enhanced its Knox solutions to better cater to both personal and enterprise needs.
Samsung announced in a press release:
Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd., today announced KNOX 2.0, the evolution of KNOX, the company’s end-to-end secure mobile platform solution designed to provide advanced data and privacy protection for enterprise users. The new features better support IT departments looking for reassurance and convenience as they implement and manage their Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies.
Since October 2013 when KNOX was first commercially available in the market, Samsung has sold over 25 million KNOX-enabled devices and has over 1 million active KNOX users today. On average, 210,000 KNOX-enabled devices are being activated per month which is about 7,000 devices each day.
“Thanks to the rapid adoption of KNOX over the past 5 months since its first commercial availability, we needed to evolve the Samsung KNOX platform to meet the changing needs of our customers and the enterprise as a whole,” said JK Shin, President and CEO, Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “As a leading provider of Android devices, it is our mission to make Android platform even more secure to lead enterprise mobility market. With the new features of KNOX 2.0 we are able to provide our users with a truly enterprise-ready mobile solution. We will continue to work hard and listen to both our partners and customers to constantly improve the KNOX platform to meet these ever-changing needs.”
Cutting-edge Core Platform Security
KNOX 2.0 offers a series of core platform security improvements to better protect device integrity from kernel to apps for a more secure, integrated mobile experience. These upgraded features include:
- TrustZone-Protected Certificate Management: Device-wide feature that generates and maintains client certificates inside Trustzone with additional support for industry standards such as PKCS#11; allows mobile devices to play the role of the smart card and its readers.
- KNOX Key Store: Generates and maintains encryption keys inside the TrustZone protected environment; allows third parties to utilize encryption for security sensitive applications and makes sure that encrypted data is protected if the system is compromised
- Real-Time Protection for System Integrity: Real-time monitoring that both detects and prevents any unauthorized modifications to the kernel code, critical kernel data and system partition
- TrustZone-Protected ODE: Encrypts the data stored in the device through the TrustZone-protected encryption key, which can be disabled at the detection of system integrity compromise.
- Two-factor Biometric Authentication: Makes container access even more secure by requiring both password and fingerprint verification to authenticate
- Enhanced Generic Framework of KNOX: Supports Per-App VPN functions for SSL VPN solutions such as Juniper, F5 and Cisco while previously supporting them only for IPsec VPN.
Improved User Experience
KNOX 2.0 provides users with enhanced container features such as support for most of Android apps from the Google Play Store, meaning there is no need to go through the wrapping process for third party apps. KNOX 2.0 also supports SE Android policy configurations for third party containers, such as Good’s secure container, Fixmo’s SafeZone, MobileIron’s AppConnect so that these 3rd party containers will receive the same level of HW-based protection as the KNOX container receives. This evolution of KNOX allows for the choice of different types of containers for a more flexible approach to enterprise BYOD strategies. Besides, UMC and SEG make user enrollment process simpler than before since the user profile is pre-registered to SEG by MDM servers.
KNOX 2.0 supports a dual APN capability that can be used to charge the data traffic usage of enterprise applications from that of personal applications. By assigning a different APN to the data traffic of the enterprise container which runs only enterprise approved applications. From that to the personal data traffic, KNOX can allow a telecom carrier to separately bill customers for personal and enterprise uses. This capability removes one of the most critical industry-wide impediments to the adoption of the BYOD programs which allows employees to use their personal mobile devices for work.
In addition to the core features of KNOX, Samsung also announced new cloud based services, KNOX EMM and KNOX Marketplace, broadening the KNOX customer base by catering specifically to SMBs.
Samsung is providing the following services with KNOX:
- EMM: Provides cloud-based Mobile Device Management and Identity and Access Management (SSO + Directory service) with a rich set of IT policies to implement company guidelines. KNOX EMM includes:
- Over 326 IT policies
- Single sign-on for web-based and mobile apps
- Cloud directory service as well as on-premise active directory to manage credential information
- Cloud-based enterprise services including productivity enhancement suites CRM and ERP
- Marketplace: A one stop shop for SMBs to find, buy and use KNOX and enterprise cloud apps in a unified environment and includes:
- A comprehensive catalogue of business applications including KNOX and 140+ cloud apps
- Customizable bundling for customers to buy multiple apps in a custom bundle
- Consolidated billing to allow customers to combine multiple products into a single invoice
The key feature of KNOX EMM and Marketplace is that all the services purchased from the marketplace come with the zero-sign capability implemented by KNOX EMM. IT Admin can easily supervise employee access rights to the purchased services according to the credentials defined in the directory and employees can access these services from mobile devices and PCs without an explicit registration and sign-in process.
Samsung has also expanded its partner ecosystem. Some of our new partnerships include:
- KNOX now supports SE Android policy configurations for third party containers such as Good’s secure container, Fixmo’s SafeZone, MobileIron’s AppConnect which provide better policy control compared to the Native SE for Android, allowing users or IT managers to choose their preferred container.
- By partnering with Microsoft, KNOX allows users to join their devices with their company to access company resources and services with Microsoft Workplace Join.
- The new split-billing feature that separately calculates bills for personal and enterprise apps works by partnering with carriers like 3 Hong Kong Telecommunications.
New features of KNOX 2.0 will be commercially available in Q2 2014. Once available, previous generation KNOX users will be able to upgrade to KNOX 2.0 after upgrading to KitKat. KNOX 2.0 will also come pre-installed on the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S5.
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3 Hong Kong partners with Samsung Knox – to become the first network operator to offers split billing (personal data and corporate data)
Samsung has been making waves in the enterprise market with its Knox solutions. With its new partnership with 3 Hong Kong, the network operator plans to offer split billing (personal data and corporate data), the first of its kind in the world.
Samsung announced in a press release:
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and 3 Hong Kong, a leading Hong Kong telecoms operator, today announced a strategic partnership to provide a split billing solution in Hong Kong, separating personal data and corporate data usage on KNOX, Samsung’s end-to-end secure mobile platform solution designed to provide advanced data and privacy protection for both enterprises and consumers.
“KNOX represents Samsung’s strong commitment to make our mobile devices BYOD ready with the necessary security and feature enhancements,” said Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business, IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “By combining 3 Hong Kong’s intelligent APN infrastructure and the secured split billing management of the Samsung KNOX platform, enterprises can now increase security through dedicated mobile network pathways for enterprise data and increase productivity while employee’s personal data plans are left untouched.”
“We are delighted to support the Samsung KNOX platform and that 3 Hong Kong is proposed to be the first operator in the world to conduct Proof of Concept (PoC) and trials to develop ‘split billing management’ to cater for customer needs,” said Daniel Chung, Chief Technology Officer of 3 Hong Kong. “This will allow both enterprises and consumers to better manage their mobile data costs independently in ways best suited to their usage patterns by choosing among various value-added and competitive billing plans provided by carriers.”
Enterprises will be able to remotely configure and manage split billing of their employees’ Samsung Galaxy devices. They can also choose which applications they want to include into their billing. This allows them to seamlessly enable and operate split billing without the need for end-user intervention.
The Split Billing Solution of Samsung KNOX™ will send out two bills, one on corporate usage and one on personal usage, to 3 Hong Kong enterprise customers who have subscribed to KNOX services with supporting Samsung devices. Administration and bill management can be handled with great ease. The service also gives peace of mind to IT/administration managers in avoiding employees’ bill shocks and reimbursement hassles.
Samsung and 3 Hong Kong are starting a pilot programme to put the systems needed into place for end-to-end integration and interoperability. With this feature, Samsung and 3 Hong Kong are providing enterprises with a key piece of the puzzle needed to implement and manage an effective Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy.
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Samsung and Good Technology sign partnership – to offer enterprise customers ‘Good Secure Domain’ later this 2014
Samsung and Good Technology have signed a partnership that will soon offer enterprise customers “Good Secure Domain” later this 2014.
The Korean tech giant announced in a press release:
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Good Technology™, a leader in secure mobility, today announced a strategic partnership that will provide the enterprise with an advanced mobile security solution for Samsung mobile devices. This solution combines KNOX™, Samsung’s end-to-end secure mobile platform solution with the market-leading Good secure container and Good-secured apps. Samsung will create a unique “Good Secure Domain” on KNOX-enabled mobile devices within any Good-secured mobile app will be able to operate, allowing customers to confidently deploy Good’s broad mobile app ecosystem and app-level security, while leveraging KNOX’s Android hardware security solution.
“Good is the first partner afforded a secure domain on KNOX-enabled devices, and we believe this integration will greatly accelerate Android adoption for our enterprise customers,” said Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business, IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We are excited to be able to offer customers a solution that combines KNOX hardware- and OS-level security with the Good secure container and app ecosystem.”
“This is a huge win for Samsung and Good customers. Because Good’s apps and container security layer have a unique place in the KNOX stack, Good customers can now benefit from KNOX’s hardware- and OS- level security,” said Christy Wyatt, president and CEO, Good Technology. “Samsung customers can uniquely enable the Good secure container as the mobile app security and management stack on KNOX devices and leverage the entire Good ecosystem of business productivity apps.”
Good for Enterprise is the only email app for Android that has attained a Common Criteria EAL-4+ certification in addition to FIPS 140-2 validated encryption, offering a higher level of data protection and app security for Android devices. Samsung KNOX introduces security for Android at the hardware and operating system level. Combined with KNOX’s ‘Root of Trust’ security model, the “Good Secure Domain” on KNOX satisfies the requirements of even the most security-conscious organizations.
Samsung and Good will introduce “Good Secure Domain” on the Samsung KNOX platform in the second half of 2014, and are showing an early access release of the integration at the Samsung booth in Hall 3 at Mobile World Congress.
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According to Samsung UK, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be released in the UK on the 11th of April, but what about the price? According to online retailer Unlocked Mobiles, the SIM-free version of the Korean tech giant’s new flagship will set you back £599.98.
Nothing much has changed with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S5 when it comes to specs and design. The only notable improvements include a 5.1-inch screen (5-inch screen on the S4), a 16-megapixel camera (13-megapixel camera on the S4), and new colour options.
Word on the street is, Samsung is planning to launch a luxury version of the Galaxy S5 in May. The special version of the S5 is said to sport a QHD screen, an Exynos octa-core processor, and a metal housing. However, reports are also saying that not many luxury S5s will be made.
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 UK release date has been confirmed.
CNET UK reports, “After some back and forth, Samsung UK has confirmed the Galaxy S5 will go on sale in the UK — and 149 other countries — on 11 April.
“EE is the first network to confirm to CNET that it will sell the S5, including 4G contracts, and I imagine the rest will follow suit post-haste. Yep, Three and Vodafone too.
“Carphone Warehouse is the first shop to confirm it will sell the S5, but it’s pretty much a no-brainer that every retailer from the smallest seafront lollypop stand to the swankiest department store will sell it. In fact, you can pre-register with Phones 4U.”
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