"Big league" change: Donald Trump substitutes his Android phone for a super-secure device
by Peter Kostadinov / Jan 20, 2017, 3:05 AM
The whole world is watching as the "big league" change at the helm of the US and the White House is right around the corner, but numerous smaller changes remain out of the spotlights. Or do they?
As per the New York Times, President-Elect Trump has most definitely traded-in his personal Android smartphone for a "secure, encrypted device approved by the Secret Service with a new number that few people possess". Associated Press reports that Trump has complained to a close friend of his about that necessary change, though it is not clear what his new phone is.
Does this change spell the "konets" of Trump's prolific Twitter presence?Chances are this one is a Samsung Galaxy S4, which is what Obama used during his second term in office, but don't get the impression that this one anything remotely similar to your regular Galaxy phone.
As far as we know, that one was a super-safe custom Galaxy S4, heavily modified as per the security protocols. That one hardly classifies as a "smartphone" - Obama's modded Samsung phone couldn't make outgoing calls, take pictures or text.
However, the Galaxy S4 was one of the very few device eligible to tap into SIPRNet, the US Military's extremely-classified network, at the time. Supposedly, Trump will use a similar handset.
However, does this change spell the konets* of Trump's prolific Twitter presence? Hardly. The 45th prez will reportedly be able to express himself on the social network by using another device, similarly to what Obama used to do in order to tweet.
*Konets (Russian) — the end.
Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014
Why they don't use a Blackberry? It is as secure as it gets.
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 4:12 AM 3
Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014
Blackberry's security is high but it has some holes still, and is less adaptable and hardware is less flexible, last I checked. Android is highly adaptable, they can basically do whatever they want to it, and hardware depending on model can be flexible. Course in the past Blackberry got around this by making specific models only for certain people, but that just isn't practical.
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 1:04 PM 0
Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 08, 2016
Probably due to the level of customization android provides, also, as the article said, they did not intend to keep the "smart" functionality, which means that the OS is extremely different to what we would use or see. Perhaps a BB handset was not up to the task in terms of flexibility.
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 5:41 PM 0
Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016
(1) Becasue BB already bankrupt, and it's now produced by 'WHITE BOX' OEM market (TCL) that were from a country that USA afraid to spy on them. (2) Because BB is not open source, and Android is more secure for this reason. (3) BB security is a hype, it's not as what it said.
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 10:12 PM 0
Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016
strange why they dont use new blackberry dtek phones
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 8:17 AM 0
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Whatever the device is, I'm sure it's russian made. He trusts them more than the CIA or SS.
posted on Jan 20, 2017, 9:55 AM 0
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