Samsung Galaxy S4 becomes first Android phone to get DoD security approval, beats iPhone to that

Samsung Galaxy S4 becomes first Android phone to get DoD security approval, beats iPhone to that
Just recently, BlackBerry’s Z10 and Q10 got clearance from the Pentagon for use in the U.S. Department of Defense, and following right after them, now the Samsung Galaxy S4 becomes the next device approved for use in the DoD.

The Galaxy S4 actually beats the iPhone as Apple is still waiting for that seal of approval. Samsung’s Knox security system played a key role in getting the clearance.

Moreover, this approval right works for the Galaxy S4 only, but is expected to spread to all Samsung smartphones in the near future. And what’s best, Samsung was expected to only get later in May.

This makes the Galaxy S4 the first Android smartphone approved for use by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Knox, Samsung’s security system, was introduced a couple of months ago at Mobile World Congress 2013 and is built to help manage using the same device for work and play. Knox basically encrypts certain data like work email, while leaving personal files free from that control.

This makes it easy to use the same device for work without having to worry about your personal files examined by employers.

source: Yonhap

Samsung Galaxy S4 becomes first Android phone to get DoD security approval, beats iPhone to that

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  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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47 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The great news is, KNOX will come to older Sammy flagships.

35. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Good Job samsung!! you did well on this one.

40. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Wasn't the Dell streak the 1st Android phone that the DOD approved http://www.federalnewsradio.com/394/2694787/DoD-approves-first-ever-Android-devices

47. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Well was the Dell unit the 1st Android phone approved by the DOD or not.Rofl!

2. D.Aceveda

Posts: 430; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

No shock there

5. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

yep "iPhones most vulnerable among smartphones"

8. D.Aceveda

Posts: 430; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Pretty much

30. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You're a fool if you think the iPhone 5 will not get approved. It's coming.

33. iushnt

Posts: 3060; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

iphone 5S may be great but iphone 5 is bulls**t compared to s4

36. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

comeon, Iphone 5 is better than S4 and S5

39. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

The iphone 5 was worse than the s3.

42. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Obama rocks an iPhone so its only a matter of time. The GS4 probably got approval cuz it doesnt set off metal detectors with all that plastic

46. D.Aceveda

Posts: 430; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Lick my gooch

3. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Samsung is a real competitor to iPhone it is great.

4. Neurone

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

With 5"1080p super amoled gorgeous display even the defense dept cant get away from it but to approve ! Big Jab on Apple's mid section!

9. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

its got approved because of the Security system it has... not Because the 1080p Display.....

10. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1134; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

He was joking -_- get a damn grip.

41. stealthd unregistered

Get a better sense of humor.

6. deadstroke

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

great news l will enjoy my weekend ^-^

7. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

huge slap in the face for Blackberry, nice though... there's no reason to buy bb anymore,

24. Aeires unregistered

You must have missed the story about BB10 getting approved also.

37. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Dude, they will still use Blackberry for the majority of the phone deployed. Q10 it is!!! because it was DoD security intelligence and RIM's engineer came up with the security certification.

11. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1134; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Great news for Samsung, they are now creeping into Blackberry territory, and for this to be approved so soon, even before the iPhone means that it must be one very impressive security system.

12. martinlosha unregistered

I just got the galaxy s4 from three mobile UK. This is the exynos 5 octa version. The phone is no good guys .. From my own experience the build quality is mediocre, the screen is too dark even at 100% brightness, the phone is a bit Laggy, YES I said Laggy, the back gets hot even when I am runing simple tasks and finaly the biggest disappointment is the battery life.....simply NOT Good... I should have gone for the IPhone 5 or the HTC One.

15. Jason2k13

Posts: 1447; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

phones too dark? lol really? and how laggy? 1/3 of a second? 0.5 of a second? gets hot even when your running simple apps? octacore with battery saver chip and 2600mAh battery not good enough? and i didn't know three mobile UK sells the exynos version? You should first try out the phone first before buying it, or make up a better story.

17. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

BUUUURRRRNNNNNN !!! hahahahahha busted !

26. martinlosha unregistered

Dude why the angry reply... I am the one who bought it, not you... I think I have the right to be disappointed... Well the phone has the 1.9 ghz quad core and the guy in the store told me its the good version..so I assume it must have the second group of processors as well.

34. iushnt

Posts: 3060; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

in previous you told exynos oct which is 1.6ghz and now you say 1.9ghz

38. martinlosha unregistered

No I was wrong is the quad core, that's why is lagging...

43. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

You dont have to go in to detail. The fact that its a Samsung is enough for me to know its garbage

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