Samsung (News - Alert) is not content to just rule the Android consumer market. The company is clearly eying dominance in the business market as well with the launch of several new services aimed at making Samsung smartphones the superior enterprise choice.
The latest is the company’s Samsung Solutions Exchange program.
The Samsung Solutions Exchange program exposes more than 1,000 APIs for Samsung devices, enabling enterprises to better take advantage of the hardware for enterprise apps.
With the new program, developers can take advantage of some of the technology that is making Samsung a leader in smartphones. The APIs give access to features such as Air Gesture, Air View, Advanced Mult-Window, WatchOn IR controller, S Pen functionality and others.
“This should allow healthcare providers, government agencies, and educational institutions the ability to have enhanced mobile experiences on Samsung products,” noted a recent ZDnet editorial on the move.
Applications that work with forms should benefit from the APIs, as well as other data collection apps and those that require digital signatures. Point-of-sale and communication apps should also benefit.
One downside to the program, however, might be fragmentation. The Android (News - Alert) marketplace already must deal with a range of OS versions and hardware. If the Samsung features are deeply integrated, this could further sliver the community. Whether this gives Samsung some of the advantages already afforded to the iPhone (News - Alert) closed system of integrated hardware and software, or just slivers the community further, is still unknown.
Other moves that Samsung have made in the enterprise space is its SAFE program and Knox.
Knox is the company’s security suite; it recently rolled virus software into the package.
The Knox platform is designed to enhance the security of the open-source platform. It, along with Apple's iOS, were recently approved for use on the U.S. Department of Defense network.
Knox provides additional security layers, including cloud-based threat scanning for corporate and sensitive networks.
SAFE, which stands for Samsung for Enterprise, is a suite of enhancements for business use.
The SAFE suite includes Advanced Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange ActiveSync features, on-device AES 256-bit encryption, VPN connectivity and top-tier, multivendor mobile device management support, according to Samsung.