SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung will add the Galaxy S4 to its high-end phone portfolio in March, will have Tizen phones replacing the Bada OS for its low-end smartphone line-up, and has secured Android for BYOD usage with KNOX.
Samsung has sent invites for a Samsung Unpacked event in New York to announce the highly anticipated Galaxy S4. The Android-based flagship is rumored to have an Exynos 5 8-core processor with an 8-core graphics processing unit, a 4.99-inch SuperAMOLED display and a 13 MP camera.
As for its lower-end phones, Samsung said it will retire the Bada software powering its Wave devices and merge it with its and Intel’s Tizen project. Tizen smartphones will be able to run apps designed for Bada handsets, although Bada phones can’t be updated to Tizen once the new software is released.
Samsung didn’t unveil the Galaxy S4 at the MWC in Barcelona although it still made headlines by unveiling an 8-inch tablet with phone capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, as well as the KNOX security feature for its Android phones. The manufacturer says that KNOX uses a secure version of Android, which has been developed by the NSA (U.S. National Security Agency), separating business and personal information on mobile devices. Combining the security-enhanced Android as well as file system level encryption, Knox is designed to protect mobile users from malicious attacks. This technology should feature on the Galaxy S4 as well.