Pentagon approves one Android device, still testing iOS

Pentagon approves one Android device, still testing iOS
It's just one more sign that BlackBerry is falling fast. Now, the US Pentagon has approved a modified Android device for use in the Department of Defense and is testing iOS devices for use as well. BlackBerry had always been the top choice for all government departments because of security concerns on other platforms, but those days are over. 

The Pentagon has approved just one single Android device though. The Dell Venue is the only device to make the cut, and even then, it must be running Android 2.2 and have the Android Market removed before it can be used by DoD staff. Additionally, any web browsing done on the device must be routed through the DoD proxy server. 

The Pentagon is still testing iOS devices, but has not approved any because it is more difficult to load custom security software into Apple's walled garden. Government officials also cited Apple's location tracking as a sticking point in approving iOS for use. 

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24 Comments

1. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

android is future

2. Corpsemaker

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 10, 2010

Blackberry is past.

5. JLMCGE01

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

Apple is the present, but that didn't last!

9. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Because iPhones sell fast while Android is dead last. ZING!

10. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

endeavored. I finished your sentence for you.

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

dell venue? pentagon has bad taste :s

4. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Lol at comments.

6. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Yup, they have a nice little poem going on

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

if they are still testing iOS is because the Venue is not satisfying.. hope they do they right choice.. for our country...

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Take it out buddy, seriously it should have lost flavor a long time ago...

11. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

Ofcourse they are testing dell and apple devices they are AMERICAN unlike most of the other manufacturers...

13. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

American in name only, they're still manufactured in china.

14. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

what's your point?

17. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

all the money still flows to america.. only a limited portion actually stays in china, and if they attempted to make the product in america they wud ironically probably make less money for america's economy

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

There is a problem with supply chain vulnerability for the iPhone. Until all of the internal chips of the iPhone are sourced outside of PRC, I don't think the iPhone is going to get FIPS certification.

15. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

old news why post again WTF

16. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

This is really bad news for Blackberry. A sign that Android security can be trusted at higher level compared to Blackberry.

18. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Which is delusional since Android has more security vulnerabilities(Carrier IQ lol) and malware threats than any OS. BB has higher level security. iOS is very secure.

19. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

gallitoking you chiken if we colide every android device into one device and release it every year with a minor upgrade iOS would have lost in 2010...wait it has lost it also if someone counts all the sold android devices...lets just say that iJoke devices would have 10% of that number

24. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

is ok to hate.. bbblader... you have a stutterrr or wwwhatttt.... dude i cant reply because honestly I twas not very clear (know I know how people feel when I type).. so please can you go 5th grade on me...

20. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Ok, of ALLLLLLLLLLL.... the Android phones in existance, the Pentagon had to pick the Dell Venue? No one knows nor cares about it and there are far better options

21. Thullraven

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

BB will always be tops when it comes to security, like it or not. I like that other platforms are being tested, but Android has more holes than swiss cheese.

22. seeds

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

more prove that android is not only for fun & daily :-)

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

WHY CHOOSE THE DELL Venue? They could of gotten the Galaxy Note which is better

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