Samsung said it is plans to expand efforts to make its Galaxy devices---including smartphones and tablets---more enterprise friendly. If successful, Samsung will help Android get more traction in corporations.
The company said it will highlight its plans to deliver more enterprise-friendly services at the CTIA show this week. Samsung added that it will provide educational tools, IT support services, enhanced security, reference guides for the healthcare industry and app platforms.
Samsung's move (statement) comes as a bevy of players aim to bring tablets to companies. The early business success of Apple's iPad has spurred Research in Motion to launch the PlayBook. Samsung's Galaxy Tab, however, can be a fast follower in the enterprise race since the product is ready for prime time.
Here's a look at the key enterprise tablet developments of late:
- RIM's announces PlayBook tablet to woo enterprises with out-of-the-box integration.
- Dell positions its Streak Android device to target verticals like healthcare.
- Corporations increasingly view Apple iPad as a business tool.
And now Samsung sees its Galaxy Tab as part of the enterprise ecosystem, especially in healthcare and education.
Among the key moving parts from Samsung's Galaxy Tab plans:
- Blackboard Mobile Learn apps are designed for the education market and allow students to check grades as well as collaborate with classmates from mobile devices.
- For healthcare, Samsung said the Epocrates Rx drug reference application will be available on the Galaxy Tab.
- Samsung devices will support Citrix Receiver, which allows enterprises to deliver business apps on multiple platforms. The Citrix Receiver supports multiple tablets and can be found on the Android market.
- Pyxis Mobile's mobile application platform will support the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
- Sybase's Afaria device management software will also support Galaxy devices.