While the iPhone remains the most popular enterprise smartphone, according to Good Technology’s most recent quarterly Mobility Index Report, Samsung has been working hard to establish itself as the go-to Android smartphone for enterprises. Here are some reasons why businesses should be looking very carefully at the S6, out today.
1. Wi-fi calling
Feature: EE announced its wi-fi calling feature on Tuesday, revealing that it had been working with handset-makers to build in the new technology. Users can now make calls as normal, but with the call carried on a wi-fi network when mobile networks are not available. The Samsung S6 and Samsung S6 Edge are some of the first devices to run it.
Why businesses should care: For businesses which suffer from poor mobile coverage, particularly in rural settings, this will have a huge impact on their ability to communicate.
2. Mobile device management
Feature: An upgraded version of Samsung Knox comes pre-installed on every S6. The platform integrates with existing enterprise mobility management solutions including Microsoft Exchange, while those wishing to reduce expenditure on on-premise hardware and software can use the cloud-based KNOX EMM. KNOX supports over 500 IT policies and over 1000 mobile device management APIS.
Why businesses should care: The collection of ready-to-use apps pre-loaded on KNOX, including Contacts, Calendar, Phone, Browser, Camera and Email mean that employees can start working on the S6 straight away.
3. Specs and speed
Feature: At a compact 5.1 inches and weighing in at 138g, the S6 runs Android Lollipop (v5.0.2), with Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 processors. It also sports a 16 MP camera and 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution.
Why businesses should care: With the amount of tasks employees want to carry out from their devices on the increase, anyone thinking seriously about enterprise mobility will want to ensure they have the best tools for the job. The S6 is up there with the iPhone 6 for performance.
Feature: Earlier this year, Samsung announced its partnership with Trustonic, producing Trustonic for Knox. The solution combines the integrated security features of Samsung KNOX with Trustonic’s hardware-based security, simplifying user authentication by enabling simpler passwords, protecting against attempts at click-jacking, and providing confidence that transaction approvals are genuine.
Why businesses should care: Security should be foremost in any enterprise mobility strategy and these enhanced features make the S6 one of the most secure devices available.
Feature: The S6 sports a wireless charging feature, while providing the capability to quickly charge the handset to 50 percent of full battery in 30 minutes. 10 minutes charging can provide up to two hours of performance.
Why businesses should care: The on-the-go employee is of no use if their device is prone to suddenly dropping out. While the high performance of the device may sap power, the ability to quickly charge will mean that the S6 is never out of action for long.