Samsung and FBI close to deal on Galaxy phones for the G-men; new deal would replace BlackBerry units

Samsung and FBI close to deal on Galaxy phones for the G-men; new deal would replace BlackBerry units
The FBI has over 35,000 employees, most of whom were issued BlackBerry handsets. But there is a change coming as Samsung has been in talks with the domestic crime-fighting agency to sell them its Galaxy line of devices. A deal this size would be another nail in the coffin of the Canadian smartphone manufacturer which has seen a huge loss in business from governmental agencies. Last October, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) and its 17,600 workers ended a relationship with BlackBerry to switch to the Apple iPhone.

It isn't clear if Samsung will be replacing all BlackBerry units now used by the FBI, or whether some 'Berry phones will remain in use. The FBI did not offer a comment. Another published report late Thursday said that Samsung was working on a similar, albeit smaller deal with the U.S. Navy.

Samsung has developed a layer of software that runs on top of Android that allows certain business-style applications to run securely. But according to Rob Enderle, principal analyst with Enderle Group, despite the use of the Samsung Knox software, Android is not a secure system. In a letter to the FBI, U.S. Representative Kenny Marchant of Texas said he was concerned about the FBI using Android with Knox on top. In his letter, the Representative said, "I understand that the FBI may be considering a new solution that is a patchwork of technologies stitched together. I am concerned that this approach may prove to be more costly than other alternatives." In May, the Samsung Galaxy S4 received Defense Department security approval, something also received by BlackBerry 10.


source: Reuters

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  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
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14 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Just the latest (in a long line of) example of how BB/RIM lost their franchise. The security market has moved on - way beyond BB.

2. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

dont like samsung too much but atleast they are providing some sort of security in their version of android

3. thelegend6657 unregistered

Why not use BBZ10 ?

4. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Cuz the S4 destroys that phone.

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Nothing is a secure phone people.

9. JC557

Posts: 1915; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

And if they want corporate level encryption maybe they should seek out Motorola/ Google considering how hardened the previous Motorola handsets have been.

6. phyxius

Posts: 11; Member since: May 10, 2013

I love Samsung, but the Android is not secure enough like Apple; when it comes to National Security maybe this should be reconsidered.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

oxymoron phyxius.. android is open source so the FBI could check under the hood for spy codes then add custom codes for extra layers of security.

10. JC557

Posts: 1915; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

refer to my comment regarding Motorola.

7. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Ha, I'd like to get my hands on the latest Samsung Galaxy "G"!!

13. joey41

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Think about sgsg!

11. jameshoe unregistered

No way, I hack Sammy device as easy as jailbreak

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Just an FYI, these phones will not be your normal everyday Androids. As for secure, the analyst is full of b.s., as with it being open source, the gov't will have a different version of the Android OS, specifically made.

14. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Now they won't be able to concentrate on the important work... They'll be staring at that beautiful screen all day...

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