The Army to stamp its approval on Android by year-end, iOS devices still need security clearance
Prompted by the large number of soldiers that are carrying their smartphones and tablets with them, but using commercial network, the Army started testing Android last year, and made a standard-issue platform with it.
Michael McCarthy, the director of the Army's smartphone project, clarified that they are looking at iOS, too, but were not content with the security of Cupertino's supply chain, so iOS approval is probably a year or so away, he commented. Currently 20 Android tablets, 20 iPhones and 20 smartphones with the green robot are being deployed to a unit that will go to Afghanistan for testing purposes.
The Army is also testing portable towers and base stations this month, that can hook up to its satellites in the field, securing autonomous communication. About 100 smartphones and tablets will be participating in the tests, but only Googlified slates need apply, as the soldiers had said Dell's 7-inchers fit best in their cargo pants, whereas the iPad is a tad beefy for the purpose.
source: Nextgov via AndroidAuthority
1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
seems i was right when i kept arguing that android was more secure than iOS. uncle sam agrees.
4. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)
Uncle Sam does wht the lobbist ask them to do plain and simple
7. Tux4g63 (Posts: 114; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Are you a lobbyist? Do you work for Uncle Sam? I would like to believe your statement, but I have not seen anything in the news that states Google lobbied Uncle Sam to choose Android over iOS...
8. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)
google has a history of serving uncle sam such as giving peoples search history etc. And android is safer than iOS yea sure when u use it as a feature phone i guess 400% increase malware attacks news didnt passed through your eyes
9. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
400% that equated to 0.00005% of users and almost completely in asia... yup. big deal that one is to uncle sam.
400% sounds like a lot, but its really not when u put it in context.
what u can put in context is that the record for a phone being remotely hacked (without actually touching the phone) from start to finish with information being pulled is 12 seconds... on an iphone.
12. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i forgot to add that the article that we all keep mentioning about the android malware was written.. what 4/5 months ago? Android is activating at a rate of over 16 million phones a month, so that 0.00005% is probably less than that by now.
15. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)
If November 15 was 4/5 months ago for you than man you are an Android user
Here is the and do read the date and the report
On the other hand I m happy that they were not chosen I want them to concentrate on consumer.And as long as Apple is sucking out more than 50% of the profit of the industry and the rest are fighting for the change i dont think they have to worry about a million users going to Android
18. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Posting links for remix is pointless. He refuses to believe anything in there unless its pro android.
It's like trying to debate one of these fox news nut jobs.
23. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
faisal, i was commenting about an article 4 or 5 months ago that was on this site. maybe u didnt get that whole time line thing. oh.. your iphone still having glitches with its clock? :)
16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Where are you getting this percentage from?
21. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
You know this part of your talk track is firsts really outdated and 2nd a partial truth.
11. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
You really think the Army is picking Android because Google gives the government search histories?
Funny man you are.
13. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
iOSis secure inside the apple ecosystem, out of it is it, less secure than Android, most other OS's, The army is looking for a device they could use outside of both Google and apple's ecosystem its kinda simple
25. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)
is funny you mention that.. as in the article.. the not chose the ipad as it didnt fit in the cargo pants.. and the Dell 7 inch did..
33. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Blasphemy! There is no use for a 7" tab. Its not the best size
37. douglasman100 (Posts: 24; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)
i could of swore it was the dell streak because it is discontinued and dell has a huge stock of it
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5534; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Truth be told, Apple's exposure occurs from its supply chain potentially introducing trapdoors and other malware into the iDevices. Apple may have to decide what it wants more - additional sales into government agencies, or high margins.
I suspect there will be more Android devices in use at federal government agencies than iDevices.
Interesting how RIM is losing market share everywhere you look.
6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
yes.. yes they are. QNX needs to launch yesterday. And they need to bring down these margins on these phones. Their profit margin is 2nd to apple per handset. Great, that works for apple, they have a high demand. RIM doesnt.
3. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
Like I said a couple of days ago..all iphones to date are not business savy---purely for fun and games, facebook, angry birds, texting, talking, pictures.....etc,,,not business capable--
38. douglasman100 (Posts: 24; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)
^wrong if your sending 100's of emails a day a touchscreen keyboard wont do it
17. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Yet more business users use iPhone than any other phone. Weird how fandroids claims are always totally the opposite of what all the data shows.
29. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
Yes u r right..a lot of business users do use a iphone...but its there fun..toy.pleasure phone..they have a BB as there primary phone...Didnt Steve Jobs get a photo snapped of him with a BB...how soon do we forget....it it were a business capable phone the government would have snatched it up...its not..face it..
5. shy2papa (Posts: 199; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)
This is just the beginning, Android is just simply the best best Mobile OS around, the only OS that could have challenged android was Web OS it had the best of both worlds, iOS looks and Android guts.
19. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Android OS is just an iOS imitation.
20. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
"The operating system was unveiled with the iPhone at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 9, 2007, and released in June of that year."
"Google purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005. The unveiling of the Android distribution on November 5, 2007"
So if Android was purchased before iOS was even "unveiled" then how the f**k is it just an imitation?
Are you retarded?
22. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Let me help you out. iPhone came out in 2007. Android came out in 2008. Over 1 year after the iPhone. It's been well documented that the android team totally redid android to mimic the iPhone both in looks and in OS.
According to your logic anything that came out after 2007 can not possibly be copied by Apple because iOS was in development before it came out. That means iOS notifications are an iOS original.
24. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the only part of android that was changed was its form factor. it was changed from a blackberry style thing (which was UGLY) to a touch screen/keyboard. layout.
so... the G1 is a carbon copy of the iphone huh? lol how is that slide out iphone keyboard and 3g service on the original iphone? MMS? multi tasking? email service? oh.. wait..
31. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
How's your multitouch, and app store?
Oh wait was multitasking invented by android along with mms and 3G?
Let's ignore all the other phones that had those features.
35. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
taco, unlike you who thinks steve job invented everything, we arent trying to pretend android invented those things. no one even said that. you are pulling it out of your ass, like everything else.
apple didnt invent multitouch, that was around for years. apple also didnt invent apps. if u wanna call a centralized app list, an "invention", suuuuure.. if its that important to u.
27. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
If Android came out in 2008 how was it purchased in 2005 and unveiled in 2007? Do you even read?
You really are as dumb as you seem. Jesus Christ.
You should sue every single school you ever attended because they clearly stole at least 12 years of your life and gave you nothing back (assuming you graduated high school, which is a long shot I suppose).
30. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Ok how many android phones were available in 2005?
10. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
The Army will be using Android devices? Our troops are going to need our prayers now more than ever!
26. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)
the way i see it si a good trade... sent the androids to war... while in the hospitals.. the ipads are ruling ... saving Americans lifes... as the chose Apple because what it brings to them,,, not because it fittted in their cargo jeans....
28. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
You lot are retarded, lol. Fierce fighting over which OS our troops take to war? Not making you any money unless you have stock in one of these conglomerates. Nothing is funnier to read that someone who feigns intelligence and ignorantly pretends not to see facts...yea you know who you are, go back to page one of the comments. That was classic, I applaud that one. Anyway, Dell fits in their pockets better than the Ipad, but Android has been tested and is currently going to undergo more testing, but it does have approval which means the military obviously likes how it is easy to use and secure enough.
So care to say and proclaim how iOS is so secure? I don't care but I like to enjoy tiffs like these once in a while, gives me reason to peruse PA. iOS should probably get green lighted but they will need a larger phone and smaller tablet. iPhone will be great for spies though, small and lightweight and slides easily into your pockets, let the tough guys use the hard to break phones.
32. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Lol remix does sound like a moron with those percentages. Im with you.
34. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)
you know what.. what I think and what you think will not changed a thing.. but you said the same thing i did but sounded elegant,,, bottom line doctors and hospitals will use ipads to cure injured soldiers.... just like Apple sets the tone on launches, sales etc....
36. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol, hospitals use android more often than not. that whole "open source" thing really makes it easy to have custom apps and programs written to it. Pocket ability does come into it because u have to be able to put the thing down without leaving it in an area that patient info could be easily pulled from it. Last I checked the 7 inch tablet was becoming commonplace at the majority of hospitals that were using tablets... which is definitely not an apple.