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The White House is testing Samsung and LG Android phones to replace BlackBerry

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The White House is testing Samsung and LG Android phones to replace BlackBerry
It seems like 80% of the news that we get about BlackBerry these days is bad news for the company, while the other 20% is the current CEO talking about plans to save the company. This story falls into the former category, because one of the most high-profile clients on the BlackBerry roster, the White House, is considering ditching the platform for Android.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Android devices by Samsung and LG are in the early stages of testing, though a formal switch away from BlackBerry could still be months away. A Department of Defense spokesman confirmed that the White House "is piloting and using a variety of mobile devices", though another person close to the situation said that Apple's iPhone is not part of the testing plan. So, the White House may be testing "a variety of mobile devices", but it seems to be testing just one mobile platform: Android. Both Samsung and BlackBerry commented, but said nothing noteworthy concerning the rumor.

Of course, it should be noted that there is absolutely no indication that President Obama will be giving up his BlackBerry. The President has said in the past that he would prefer to use his iPhone, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards. Still, a switch from a modified BlackBerry 7 device to a more modern Android device would likely be a welcome change for the so-called "tech president". 

source: WSJ

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posted on 20 Mar 2014, 18:51 2

1. ddavis7387 (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Mar 2014)


this is interesting......
can't wait to see how this turns out

posted on 4 days ago, 14:02

66. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 806; Member since: 29 May 2014)


This is GOOD NEWS. Friend DON'T LET friend USE bb.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 18:57 3

2. Edward_bly (Posts: 184; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


No Apple?!...YES!!! And im kinda surprised they're testing LG devices.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 19:02 1

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7370; Member since: 14 May 2012)


What's wrong with iPhones? Just curious.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 19:09 8

4. mturby (Posts: 214; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


price.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 19:46 9

7. kryme (Posts: 132; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


they not secure enough

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:04

10. apple4never (Posts: 920; Member since: 08 May 2013)


last time i checked they were on par

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:15 4

11. jb4674 (Posts: 139; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


1. They are POS devices
2. The Federal Government asked Apple to give up their source code for the iPhone in order to harden it and they said FU Uncle Sam.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:50 6

15. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


2 is the winner, I believe. Meanwhile, Android gives them full capability to customize and secure to meet their needs.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:47 8

14. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2650; Member since: 26 May 2011)


iPhones are too locked down. The government can't alter the software or add enough software to make them as secure as protocol mandates.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:50 2

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7370; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Fair enough. Android has that flexibility, especially when it comes to limitations of the device set by a company.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 13:36 3

24. PAPINYC (Posts: 2186; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


It would be National Security Risk for several reasons:
1. Government officials will have to be dependent on Wi-Fi and relegated to working out of Starbucks when out in the field.
2. Phone may not work in the event of an emergency.
3. Screen will be too small for presentations.
4. No Multi-Tasking.

etc ......

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 19:11 5

5. mturby (Posts: 214; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


LG r better than samsung phones. If they get samsung phones, the gov will have warranty issues as samsung takes two weeks for repair. LG as well, the difference is that lg phones last longer before its user can have a problem, unlike samsung.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 19:45 4

6. Carlitos (Posts: 297; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


While you might be right in that, they the will most likely be looking for security. Which Samsung has a batter handle on than LG. Thanks to Knox.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 19:50 5

9. iushnt (Posts: 601; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


I agree. Knox put them in upper hand

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:53

17. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


I'd bet my last dollar that it will be running a proprietary version of Android and Knox or LG's security won't even be used.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 19:49 2

8. iushnt (Posts: 601; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


I like LG phones as well but your comment is too childish and full of hate. Try to be credible..

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 23:43

21. ePoch270 (Posts: 89; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Yeah because if the POTUS or VPOTUS or one of their executive staffers have a problem with their Android phones, they'll just call customer service and be instructed to mail it back and wait 2 weeksfor a new one. Pretty sure that's not how things work on Pennsylvania Ave.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:23 4

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6139; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


That's good news to me. I wonder what phone the President will switch out his BLACK BERRY when his term is done.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 22:23

62. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


His iPhone, accroding to the article: "The President has said in the past that he would prefer to use his iPhone"

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:17 1

12. Scott93274 (Posts: 525; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I'm not a fan of Microsoft or their phone OS... but I'm somewhat shocked that they're not looking into using a Windows Phone.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 21:39 2

18. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2664; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


@12. Are you kidding me how can those federal gov. people use those funky ugly UI of windows phones.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 02:44 2

23. Scott93274 (Posts: 525; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Simply because most organizations both business and government use a Windows based OS for their desktops and notebooks.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 21:39 2

19. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2664; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


@12. Are you kidding me how can those federal gov. people use those funky ugly UI of windows phones.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 22:21 3

20. apiskula (Posts: 544; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Well at least the white house is doing something right. No that they recognized BlackBerry is on its way out and much better technology and phones are available maybe they can get a new president to

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 00:56 2

22. Lt.Green (Posts: 318; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


thealphageek1, what say you?

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 14:37 1

26. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


I highly doubt that the US government is going to switch from using the most secure mobile devices on the planet to one's that are less secure. They may ADD said Android devices to be used by government officials, but switch from BlackBerry completely? Not gonna happen. But you haters feel free to continue on with the wishful thinking.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 15:22 1

27. mihulsingh (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)


They should all be given BB10 OS devices like the Z10, Q10 or the Q5, they are fast and secure and have a great UI as well.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 19:38

30. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Indeed.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 06:35

65. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


http://www.bbin.in/2014/03/white-house-confirms-they-are-not-testing-any-smartphones-apart-from-blackberry/?utm_campaign=white-house-confirms-they-are-not-testing-any-smartphones-apart-from-blackberry&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter--- This rumor has been put to rest. Shame on you, WSJ. And shame on any site to post such false information without double-checking first.

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