Can Samsung still build an Android empire in the enterprise?

A survey from IBM’s Fiberlink unit found that Samsung is the dominant Android vendor in the mobile enterprise, claiming an impressive 56 percent, as GigaOm‘s Barb Darrow reported today. The South Korean manufacturer far outpaced second-place Motorola, according to Fiberlink, and the Galaxy S III smartphone and Galaxy Tab are the most popular Android devices in the enterprise in their respective categories.
Localytics said late last year that Samsung claims roughly 63 percent of the worldwide Android market, so in the era of BYOD it’s no surprise that it would be the top Android player in the enterprise as well. And as Good Technology reported earlier this week, Android has fallen far behind iOS in the market that BlackBerry once owned.
Samsung has made aggressive moves to boost Android’s presence in the corporate and governmental markets with Knox, which is designed to offer highly secure devices and services running Google’s mobile operating system. But Google clearly sees some of Samsung’s Android-based software and services as a threat, which is why it has strong-armed Samsung into easing up on those efforts. Samsung is the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer, and Knox could eventually be Android’s key to unlocking the mobile enterprise. But only if Google allows that to happen.