It sounds like something fresh out of a George Orwell’s 1984, but it’s Samsung’s strategy for 2014 and beyond. The Wall street Journal reports than Samsung wants to include biometric sensors to aid security even in its low-end devices.
Samsung’s senior vice president Rhee In-jong had this to say about the expansion at an investors forum in Hong Kong: “We’re looking at various types of biometrics and one of things that everybody is looking at is iris detection,”
Apple were the first to adopt biometric security with their fingerprint scanned in the iPhone 5s back in Autumn of 2013 and Samsung recently followed suite with the Galaxy S5 which they released in April of this year.
Iris detectors are most likely to be trialled in high-end devices like the follow-up to the Galaxy Note 3 or even further ahead the Galaxy S6. Some speculate that Samsung adding more biometric security to its Knox system is a direct bid to win more corporate contracts, something which is currently dominated by Blackberry and more recently Apple.
Mr Rhee had this to say about Knox: “There are 87 million devices that come embedded with Knox, Rhee said. Among those devices, about 1.8 million are actively using the Knox, including regulated industries such as banks, healthcare and financial companies.”
The amount of clients who use Knox is increasing, so this further expansion into biometric security will almost definitely bring more and more industries onto Knox.