I have been trying to dig further into Samsung and Google’s latest announcement at Google I/O where they talked about Samsung integrating parts of Knox into he upcoming Google Android L platform which is powered by a containerized Android for Work solution. Bob Egan over at Forbes theorizes that Google is trying to help Samsung save face after the lackluster traction Samsung has received for Knox.
From what I am seeing Google has their own containerized technology in Android L that is similar to Samsung Knox but is not Knox and will essentially have to prove itself yet again. It is also much more limited in features than the current Knox solution and quite a bit behind the competition when it is released.
Either way this whole field seems to follow what John Chen said recently about trusting MDM vendors who walk the walk and don’t just talk the security talk. I truthfully feel like Google can make some great headway with Android for Work but they actually have quite a bit to go before they have a marketable solution. It took Samsung over a year and a half to get into the situation they are currently with Knox and that is nowhere near a success story.