This section highlights what's changed in each iteration of the Knox Platform for Enterprise. For a full list of all Knox features across all versions, see our Knox on Android feature page.
The Knox SDK 3.2.1 enhancements apply to devices running Android P. The Knox SDK 3.2.1 release removes the mini launcher functionality of previous Knox Workspace profiles. The Knox Workspace now uses a tabbed UI view to show personal and work apps. This enhancement benefits IT Administrator and end-user level users in the following ways:
Android P Knox Workspace Tabbed UI view
To switch between personal and work apps, users tap the appropriate tab. When an unauthenticated user tries to launch any work app, they are prompted to enter their log-in credentials. Notice the name of the tab is Workspace - this indicates you are in the Knox Workspace instead of the personal side.
Users of devices running the Knox 3.2.1 access Workspace settings directly from the device settings menu on the Personal side. There is no longer a separate "Workspace settings", as in previous versions of Knox.
IT Admins managing certificates and keystores no longer require the user to unlock the device before certificates can be installed. This allows admins to silently install a CA certificate into a given keystore.
The Keyboard security framework has received a major usability upgrade while maintaining security between the personal and work profiles. Unlike Android Enterprise, Knox Platform for Enterprise allows users to choose their own IME in the personal space without risking the integrity of Workspace data.
For example: a device-user may accidentally download a keyboard containing malicious code and install it on the personal side. With Knox 3.2.1, this keyboard does not operate inside the Workspace.
In previous versions of Knox, IT admins were required to whitelist 3rd party IMEs for added security. Now that personal and Workspace IMEs are kept separate, users are able to use third party keyboards without prior explicit whitelisting from IT admins.
The Knox Generic VPN Framework enables common audit logs for VPN clients and helps non-native VPN clients meet NIAP security requirements.
IT Admins can now configure SSL/IPSEC VPN profiles on multiple devices.
This release adds a number of enhancements to VPN, including:
Samsung DeX is a revolutionary new technology that allows users to transform their mobile devices into powerful enterprise desktops by simply connecting them into an external display (through DeX Station, DeX Pad, or HDMI adapter). This allows employees to work in desktop environment while operating under the same mobile policy management setup pushed by your MDM/MDM. For the 3.2 release, the Knox team is providing the following DeX-specific management features.
Knox 3.2 allows IT Admins to capture RCS messages. For many industries, such as the financial services, the ability to audit sent and received messages is required by law.
In Knox 3.2, device enrollment can be quickly done with a special gesture performed in the setup wizard.
Knox Mobile Enrollment provides a streamlined IMEI bulk provisioning service for enterprise devices. While this is the ideal workflow, there are cases where IMEIs can't be registered in the system for various technical reasons. This additional feature allows you to enroll these devices easily.
The following updates have been added to the App Permission Monitor service:
NPA, long-lived flows, data collection, net flow
Knox 3.1 includes the following updates to the Workspace.
Knox 2.9 introduced App Permission Monitor, a feature that provides device users with alerts when apps attempt to access a predefined permission while in background mode. Knox 3.1 extends App Permission Monitor to the Knox container. End users can now receive alerts specific to when apps attempt to access predefined permissions in the Knox Workspace container.
Knox 3.1 includes corresponding management APIs to reflect features that have been released for device users:
Knox 3.0 includes the following updates to the Workspace:
We’ve updated the Knox Platform for Enterprise with a new Workspace container architecture to enhance user experience.