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It looks like Samsung are treading on RIM's toes a little with this latest announcement.  From July 2012, Sammy will be offering the Galaxy S III SAFE (Samsung Approved For Enterprise). Available to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and US Cellular customers the SAFE-branded Galaxy S III supports a full suite of enterprise-ready features and capabilities with support for 338 IT Policies. This includes on-device AES-256 bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and support for industry-leading Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions.

There will even be a SAFE2SWITCH trade-up program to encourage both consumers and enterprise users to swap qualifying smartphones for their SAFE equivalents.

If you're big on enterprise security, you can check out the full press release after the break.

Source: Samsung

Samsung Makes Android SAFE™ for Enterprises, Offers Trade-In Program to Upgrade to the Galaxy S III

DALLAS — June 18, 2012 — With the AndroidTM operating system projected to be the No. 1 platform for enterprise smartphones by 2013[1], Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) is simplifying enterprise adoption with the introduction of SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise) and the first SAFE-branded smartphone in the United States, the Galaxy S® III, which will be available at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and US Cellular by July. To aid prosumers and corporations in accessing the most innovative smartphone on the market, Samsung is also introducing SAFE2SWITCH, a trade-up program that offers competitive pricing for qualifying smartphones for both individuals and enterprise customers.

SAFE – Optimized for the Enterprise
SAFE provides a comprehensive approach to making Android devices secure and manageable by systematically meeting the rapidly evolving needs of IT and the growing number of businesses allowing employees to “bring your own device” (BYOD) to work. Samsung created SAFE as a way to defragment the Android OS across multiple versions from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich at U.S. carriers. Out of the box, the SAFE-branded Galaxy S III supports a full suite of enterprise-ready features and capabilities with support for 338 IT Policies.[2] This includes on-device AES-256 bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and support for industry-leading Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions.

Over the last 12 months, Samsung has surpassed its next nearest handset and smartphone competitors to become No. 1 globally[3] and now has its sights set on the enterprise. Working closely with enterprise customers and industry-leading solutions providers, Samsung developed a thorough quality assurance program.  This program begins with MDM and VPN solutions providers using Samsung’s software development kit to deeply integrate their solution on the SAFE device.  Once the development effort is completed, Samsung and the solution provider then thoroughly test and verify the device’s support for the MDM and/or VPN software. This collaboration, coupled with the testing process, creates solutions that are optimized for SAFE devices and enterprise use including adoption within regulated industries such as healthcare, financial services and government.

“It’s now safe to say that the ‘Next Big Thing in Enterprise’ is here with the near-term availability of SAFE-branded Galaxy S III devices at five U.S. carriers,” said Tim Wagner, Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Sales at Samsung Mobile.  “The highly desirable, SAFE-branded and QA-tested Galaxy S III smartphone systematically defragments Android to provide a consistent level of IT compliance for individuals who demand the very best in both their personal and professional lives.”

Galaxy S III – Powerful, Collaborative, Secure
The Galaxy S III offers secure features and capabilities that may be used in a wide range of business situations to improve efficiency and productivity.
AllShare Play - Group Cast:  Securely share PowerPoint presentations and PDFs with business partners also using Galaxy S III devices
Share Shot:  Quickly and easily compile and share photos with colleagues and contacts
S Beam One Touch Sharing (NFC and Wi-Fi Direct):  Quickly exchange contact and meeting information or company documents by simply tapping phones together. S Beam can also be controlled via an MDM solution.
Intelligent Display and Motion:  Focus on the job at hand with intuitive features like Direct Call and Smart Stay
HD Super AMOLEDTM Display:  Review detailed plans or blueprints with brilliant 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display on second-generation rugged Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Samsung TecTiles:  NFC programmable tags and mobile application transform how businesses, both large and small, engage their customers

SAFE2SWITCH Prosumer / Enterprise Trade-In Program
With the launch of the SAFE-branded Galaxy S III, Samsung is announcing the availability of a trade-up program called SAFE2SWITCH which simplifies the transition to Samsung SAFE devices from Samsung or other manufacturers’ smartphones. Both prosumers and corporate customers alike can take advantage of this program which offers very competitive trade-in values in real-time from their existing smartphone or Internet-connected device. For more details, visit www.samsungsafe2switch.com.

 
There are 8 comments

Viper says:

So are there any hardware differences between this and the regular SIII? Or will I be able to get all the software necessary to make my regular SIII "SAFE"?

zrb77 says:

Wondering the same thing.

SlimJ87D says:

It pretty much all sounds like software security. The real question is, how secure is it? Is it suppose to stop Dev's from importing all the encryption settings O_O

sknight702 says:

I guess Samsung has a grading sheet for what devices are SAFE compatible...they actually use a plugin to enforce these settings that is remotely controlled. our company uses amtel mdm and they have the SAFE settings integrated...there are settings that can only be modified by an admin that enrolled the device...so far the S3, S4, Note and Note tablet are the only SAFE compatibles ones

socal says:

Your link to the Samsung page is incorrect...Page not found.

IceDree says:

Is it the same as what Motorola is doing with their phones? (Of course Not the same name)

randall2580 says:

"Mobile device management" sounds like "your" phone won't be your phone - but the IT manager's phone like current the current "gold standard" BlackBerry. It's the only way your phone can be truly secure is if your IT manager can decide what you can and can't add/subtract from the phone.

21plays says:

nice going sammy, man they have really been pushing software and hardware on all fronts