Will Samsung dual OS tablet mean trouble for IT?

There’s a lot to be desired in the soon to be released ATIV Q convertible tablet from Samsung Electronics, which runs both Android and Windows 8 operating systems.

The tablet, with a 13.3-inch display, unfolds to enable to provide laptop functionality. It has a toggling capability that provides instant switch from corporate-friendly Windows OS to more consumer-geared Android OS.

This, dual personality however, according to Rob Enderle, an analyst for Enderle Group, may give IT administrators some worry. He said enterprise organizations are “really nervous” about Android since it has a “huge malware problem”

Enderle said Android would have to be disabled on ATIV Q units when the device is inside the corporate firewall.

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The ATIV Q will likely be adopted by companies that already employ Samsung’s Knox mobile device management solution, according to Patrick Moorhead, analyst at Moore Insights &Strategy.

He said companies can double their return of investment by taking apps they have on smart phones and moving them over to tablets.

Although the Android OS still faces some security challenges, according to G.P. Gowder, analyst for Forrester Research, the ATIV Q could make sense for companies that want to offer their employees a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) option.

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