Pentagon gives its first approval of an Android phone to the Dell Streak

Pentagon gives its first approval of an Android phone to the Dell Streak
We have seen the U.S. Military send missiles that turn corners, enter a room, and deliver a harsh message from Uncle Sam at a precise location. We also have seen the Military use an unmanned drone and from thousands of feet up, terminate a target. In other words, the technology employed by the U.S. Military is usually top notch, ahead of the curve and has features not found on the commercial version of such products. So when the Pentagon gave its first approval of an Android phone for the Defense Information Systems Agency, you would expect to see them give the green light to some of the newer models such as the Samsung Galaxy S II or the Motorola DROID BIONIC, both of which are expected to be updated to Android 4.0. Instead, the Pentagon selected the Dell Streak.

Not even taking into account the fact that Dell has discontinued the model (which certainly gave them an incentive to price the remaining units very low so that they could clean out the last of the phone's inventory), the Dell Streak is powered by Android 2.2 which is well behind the curve these days. Both DISA and Dell have allegedly been working on getting the Dell Streak to meet the demands of the Pentagon for over a year and the phone is now approved for secure, unclassified communications. Still, features like remote data wipe, protection of passwords and security measures controlled by the IT department are not hard to find on a modern smartphone. According to DefenseSystems, the government chose the Dell Streak because it liked the form factor.

source: DefenseSystems via Phandroid

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17 Comments

1. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

the government red tape is behind the times.

2. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Go-ogle you are best OS in the World after approved by the Pentagon.

3. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Not that I care at all about what devices are approved by the pentagon but why the streak? More than likely because of its five incher lol. You wont catch me on 5 inch 2.2 dell phone. Im all over the razr :P

4. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

If they wanted a five-incher, the better choice would've obviously been the Galaxy Note.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, if you think about it, the Streak mirrors the government nicely: bulky, cumbersome, outdated, ineffectual, looks good in theory but sucks in execution, and the people in charge blame everyone else for the problems they create. (See: Michael Dell bashing Android). Feel free to add your own Dell Streak/government parallels. :)

13. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

dude without our government what type of country would we be... there is not other country in the world with a government like ours, and although sometimes we make bad decisions, cough obama cough democrats cough, we would be nothing without our goverenment.. and yes its outdated because it has worked for over 200 years!

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Dude. I could go on a whole diatribe why the entire model of a state sucks to begin with. However, that would be incredibly off topic and I don't want to give everyone another thing to flame each other over. :)

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This evaluation certification process at DISA probably started 2 years ago when Barry became POTUS. At the time, the Dell Streak had the largest available screen size for an Android device (and Dell is a major supplier to the DoD). DoD really likes cheap things that are secure (when you buy in 1m+ quantities, price matters, especially when your overall budget is going to be shrinking). The important thing is that DISA has validated the security model of Android. Now a non-BBOS camel's nose has gotten under the DoD approved handset tent. The process of up-reving the approval for newer versions of Android is much quicker. One more nail in the coffin for RIM, though....

6. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

I an an android user and fan.. but being logical about the Pentagon, there is a very simple reason fit their choice. The open os can be use easily and create new apps odd their own design... even sold to the public I'd desired; rather than dealing with the red tape of Apple and complying with their demands. However this brings up two thoughts: 1) do you really want a device now deigned by corporations and programmed by the military? 2) if somehow a military grade application coats the lives of government officials, military movement or confidential documents, apple fans will claim superiority. That is, until apple falls victim and shown to be at fault for a similar case.

7. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

In fairness about the spelling... yes I was using an android. But it was dictated by an Apple user that mumbles and has a lisp.

8. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

See people!!! I told you only the best OS will get iplement into battlefield not simple IOS. Android meant for geed. Guess WHAT, Apple will win OS on the phone/table but want to become the market and get rid of all competitors at once too bad. For IFane boy/Apple ....... want to destroy(thermor nuclear war) Android, you are just OFFICIALLY pick a loosing battle.

9. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

Winner of :the worst argument author of the day.

10. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

What's matters? you don't like the truth to be told that Android is better than IOS.

11. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

No, ppl fighting over os superiority are boring and not a worry. It only bugs me that your can't make a coherent arguement.

16. dvancleave

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 19, 2010

This is all elementary, dear Watson. You see, the government tends to be a little particular when it comes to suppliers. This is particularly true in cases with data devices. To keep it short and sweet, they buy from companies that actually produce the equipment here in the U.S. Can you say security risk?

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Why the hell would the Pentagon choose the Dell Streak? And it only have 2.2 Froyo. They should of chosen the Galaxy Tab or the XOOM. With all those million of dollars they have they could of at least gotten a HONEYCOMB tablet. not the crappy Dell Streak.

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