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US government and military getting Android phones
Security is one of the things that Android competitors always want to take a swipe at, but if any organizations takes security seriously it would be the US government and US military, and it looks like both will be getting Android devices pretty soon. 

We've already seen the Pentagon approve one single customized Android device for use, and now CNN is reporting that US troops may be getting Android devices as soon as this year. It seems that the government has been testing out smartphones for a while and Android fits the needs best because it can be so easily customized. Apple reportedly wouldn't allow the government access to the iOS source code, so the necessary tweaks and customizations weren't possible on Apple devices. However, Android's open structure means that the government can dig in and do whatever it needs to suit its purposes. 

The plan is that the government will use commercially available handsets that are loaded up with the heavily customized and locked-down Android builds that the government puts together. It seems that one of the only sticking points right now are in securing voice calls as most other uses have been secured to the government's liking. 

source: CNN

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posted on 03 Feb 2012, 15:06 7

2. baaam (Posts: 61; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


The President should get a G-Nex?! Yay!!

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 16:06

56. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 215; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


No he has an iPhone sorry

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 15:37 4

5. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


This is THE nail in the U.S. Government's coffin. Lord help us!

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 15:38 1

6. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6116; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


But didint the govt choose dell as their device? Its a piece of crap

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:16 5

12. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1546; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


yes the Dell Streak running Android...

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 17:26 6

18. Nathan (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


I think one reason they chose the Dell Streak was because it's one of the few US made Android Smartphones.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 15:40 12

7. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


do people need any more proofs that android actually is a BETTER OS?

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 15:51 3

9. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


I don't know if it's the OS that sold them. I think it's a combination of that and Aplle basically giving them the finger. That's bad for business. Look at how much potential revenue they are going to lose over this.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 21:48

26. stealthd (Posts: 911; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


yes, they do need more proofs

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 10:33

39. ZayZay (Posts: 555; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


They probably wanted android because apple has most of their factories over sea's and won't bring $$ back to the US.

But what do I know

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 15:48 6

8. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Atleast its somthing positive thats goin on with the US gov this year

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 15:56 17

10. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Wow.. Apple doesn't allow the military of their own country to access the iOS code.

In other words - Apple doesn't care about saving the lives of the soldiers who defend their country (The military doesn't need smartphones for Angry Birds. It needs them to save lives) - the very country on which Apple exists actually. All it cares about are trolling patent suits and $$$$.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 21:45 3

25. stealthd (Posts: 911; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Are you capable of posting anything that isn't riddled with logical fallacies?

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 00:18 4

28. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Are you capable of posting something that could disprove or discredit my statement?

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 12:00 2

44. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


im actually interested in these fallacies.

there is a reason you dont see many stories about apple doing nice things for people.. because they dont do many nice things for people.

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 13:56 1

55. baldilocks (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Most of the people who frequently post comments here are incapable of that.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:05 2

11. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


the way are goverment is run.. good ridance.. next thing you know they will mess perfection that is the iphone...

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:16 3

13. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1546; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


lay off the kool-aid nothing is "perfection" stupid cock face

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:26 1

14. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


sorry cant concentrate.. have to look at your avatar..@

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:30

15. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1546; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


haha touche'

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 21:08 3

22. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


See! Now THAT, is a bad a$$ chicken!

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 09:18 1

37. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The ninjas back! :D

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 11:33 3

41. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


LOL! I was in a joyfully antagonist mood after the truely shocking news about iOS crashing more than Android. Figured now was the perfect time to let my geek flag fly.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 01:09 4

29. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Aren't you the one who said that the gov and army were still considering ios when this info was only a rumour. Now, guess what?! They did and found out that ios is just a plain stupid app launcher. ahahahahahhaha

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 04:55 1

32. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


@ Gallitoking Do you realize how much of a tool you sound every time you troll? If you actually beleive the iphone is perfect you clearly are the most ignorant and blinded fool I have ever seen. Nothing is perfect, yes that's right not even Apple. Time to wake up and stop drinking the apple koolaid already. I don't care if you hate android but you sound like a complete brainwashed fool with no mind of his own.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:37 5

16. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Great job Android
btw what happen to taco and the miz?? only "cock" is here that's sad!

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:45 3

17. jove39 (Posts: 1241; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


So from now on android will have two releases...civilian and military spec :)

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 18:00

19. ph00ny (Posts: 582; Member since: 26 May 2011)


IIRC, Apple still doesn't have FIPS cert for iphones

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 19:11 2

20. Pings (Posts: 297; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I can just see it now 5-7'' pip-boy like Androids. Then hook one of these to a drone for a birdseye view. Just launch the AirForce app and drop some bombs with a touch from your device. Front facing camera for orders and keeping in touch with loved ones. Maps with all sorts of info. It would need some kinda of safety features so someone just cant pick one up off a dead soldier and get info off of it.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 20:31 2

21. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Wow, the US making the wrong choice again just like when they decided to enact the new healthcare plan from Obama.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 01:17 4

30. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Why are you so bitter? UMADBRO?

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 04:57 4

33. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Seriously, he would be waving the american flag high in the air and singing the nation anthem if the article stated that they were going to use iphones. Complete and utter brainwashed tool.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 09:20 1

38. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh jesus. I actually agree with you about something (the healthcare thing, not using Android).

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 12:23

48. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Because you know I am right on BOTH accounts.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 12:01

45. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


well.. your half right. Obama and his health care were the wrong choice. Android however, was not.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 12:23 1

47. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Android is the right choice...if you don't give a flip about security, having a good and stable phone, or want a phone with poor support.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 12:59 3

49. Pings (Posts: 297; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Pwn2own, Apple has the worst security by far. Apple gets embarrassed year after year at pwn2own. Their apps crash more than Androids and they both have their share of viruses. To me the iPhone's iOS really isn't an OS, its more of an app handler. They need Android so they can necessary tweaks and customizations aren't possible on Apple devices. They want features built into the OS of Android and not an app you launch from your iPhone. Now that we know that the iPhone's app are less stable this was the best choice.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 13:33

51. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


http://androidos.in/2012/02/apps-crash-more-often-on-ios-than-android/

This is where I read it first... A crashing app sounds very secure, though, if it can save the "state of play".

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 13:41 1

52. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


maybe if you live in an alternate reality miz.

apple gets killed first every year at the hacking competition. (pings just mentioned that i see)

apple keeps failing government security standards

apple is fragmented to all hell with no end in site

apple apps crash more often than android apps.. with no end in site.

apple holds the record on fastest OS remotely hacked at a whopping 12 seconds from start to finish.

apple tracks every last movement you do for a year, sends to to HQ, and then records another years worth.

please show me where apple is more secure.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 05:30

35. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


I guess the government haven't been keeping up to date on their tech, Android prone to malware! This a vessel for hackers and attackers that have grudge on government to do their work easier.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 05:48 3

36. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Another tool speaks, I swear you would believe pigs can fly and a cow can jump over the moon if Apple said it or if there is some anti android article posted.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 11:51

42. cupcake (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


They don't...? ;)

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 12:22

46. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Look who's talking.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 17:13

54. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1546; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


lol bitter iFan go cry into your pillow shaped like Steve Jobs

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 13:07

50. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


Now, THAT's security...

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