The Army to stamp its approval on Android by year-end, iOS devices still need security clearance

The Army to stamp its approval on Android by year-end, iOS devices still need security clearance
One of the largest employers in the world, the US Army, is about to stamp its approval on Android devices to appear on its private networks. Unclassified  will get the green light by the end of this year, and classified information networks will embrace the little green robot by April of next year.

Prompted by the large number of soldiers that are carrying their smartphones and tablets with them, but using commercial network, the Army started testing Android last year, and made a standard-issue platform with it.

Michael McCarthy, the director of the Army's smartphone project, clarified that they are looking at iOS, too, but were not content with the security of Cupertino's supply chain, so iOS approval is probably a year or so away, he commented. Currently 20 Android tablets, 20 iPhones and 20 smartphones with the green robot are being deployed to a unit that will go to Afghanistan for testing purposes.

The Army is also testing portable towers and base stations this month, that can hook up to its satellites in the field, securing autonomous communication. About 100 smartphones and tablets will be participating in the tests, but only Googlified slates need apply, as the soldiers had said Dell's 7-inchers fit best in their cargo pants, whereas the iPad is a tad beefy for the purpose.

source: Nextgov via AndroidAuthority

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38 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

seems i was right when i kept arguing that android was more secure than iOS. uncle sam agrees.

4. faisal8708

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Uncle Sam does wht the lobbist ask them to do plain and simple

7. Tux4g63

Posts: 121; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Are you a lobbyist? Do you work for Uncle Sam? I would like to believe your statement, but I have not seen anything in the news that states Google lobbied Uncle Sam to choose Android over iOS...

8. faisal8708

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

google has a history of serving uncle sam such as giving peoples search history etc. And android is safer than iOS yea sure when u use it as a feature phone i guess 400% increase malware attacks news didnt passed through your eyes

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

400% that equated to 0.00005% of users and almost completely in asia... yup. big deal that one is to uncle sam. 400% sounds like a lot, but its really not when u put it in context. what u can put in context is that the record for a phone being remotely hacked (without actually touching the phone) from start to finish with information being pulled is 12 seconds... on an iphone.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i forgot to add that the article that we all keep mentioning about the android malware was written.. what 4/5 months ago? Android is activating at a rate of over 16 million phones a month, so that 0.00005% is probably less than that by now.

15. faisal8708

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

If November 15 was 4/5 months ago for you than man you are an Android user Here is the and do read the date and the reporthttp://globalthreatcenter.com/?p=2492 On the other hand I m happy that they were not chosen I want them to concentrate on consumer.And as long as Apple is sucking out more than 50% of the profit of the industry and the rest are fighting for the change i dont think they have to worry about a million users going to Android

18. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Posting links for remix is pointless. He refuses to believe anything in there unless its pro android. It's like trying to debate one of these fox news nut jobs.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

faisal, i was commenting about an article 4 or 5 months ago that was on this site. maybe u didnt get that whole time line thing. oh.. your iphone still having glitches with its clock? :)

16. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Where are you getting this percentage from?

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You know this part of your talk track is firsts really outdated and 2nd a partial truth.

11. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

You really think the Army is picking Android because Google gives the government search histories? Funny man you are.

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

iOSis secure inside the apple ecosystem, out of it is it, less secure than Android, most other OS's, The army is looking for a device they could use outside of both Google and apple's ecosystem its kinda simple

25. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

is funny you mention that.. as in the article.. the not chose the ipad as it didnt fit in the cargo pants.. and the Dell 7 inch did..

33. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Blasphemy! There is no use for a 7" tab. Its not the best size

37. douglasman100

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

i could of swore it was the dell streak because it is discontinued and dell has a huge stock of it

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Truth be told, Apple's exposure occurs from its supply chain potentially introducing trapdoors and other malware into the iDevices. Apple may have to decide what it wants more - additional sales into government agencies, or high margins. I suspect there will be more Android devices in use at federal government agencies than iDevices. Interesting how RIM is losing market share everywhere you look.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes.. yes they are. QNX needs to launch yesterday. And they need to bring down these margins on these phones. Their profit margin is 2nd to apple per handset. Great, that works for apple, they have a high demand. RIM doesnt.

3. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Like I said a couple of days ago..all iphones to date are not business savy---purely for fun and games, facebook, angry birds, texting, talking, pictures.....etc,,,not business capable--

14. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Wrong

38. douglasman100

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

^wrong if your sending 100's of emails a day a touchscreen keyboard wont do it

17. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Yet more business users use iPhone than any other phone. Weird how fandroids claims are always totally the opposite of what all the data shows.

29. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Yes u r right..a lot of business users do use a iphone...but its there fun..toy.pleasure phone..they have a BB as there primary phone...Didnt Steve Jobs get a photo snapped of him with a BB...how soon do we forget....it it were a business capable phone the government would have snatched it up...its not..face it..

5. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

This is just the beginning, Android is just simply the best best Mobile OS around, the only OS that could have challenged android was Web OS it had the best of both worlds, iOS looks and Android guts.

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Android OS is just an iOS imitation.

20. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

From Wikipedia: iOS: "The operating system was unveiled with the iPhone at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 9, 2007, and released in June of that year." Android: "Google purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005.[12] The unveiling of the Android distribution on November 5, 2007" So if Android was purchased before iOS was even "unveiled" then how the f**k is it just an imitation? Are you retarded?

22. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Let me help you out. iPhone came out in 2007. Android came out in 2008. Over 1 year after the iPhone. It's been well documented that the android team totally redid android to mimic the iPhone both in looks and in OS. According to your logic anything that came out after 2007 can not possibly be copied by Apple because iOS was in development before it came out. That means iOS notifications are an iOS original.

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the only part of android that was changed was its form factor. it was changed from a blackberry style thing (which was UGLY) to a touch screen/keyboard. layout. so... the G1 is a carbon copy of the iphone huh? lol how is that slide out iphone keyboard and 3g service on the original iphone? MMS? multi tasking? email service? oh.. wait..

31. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

How's your multitouch, and app store? Oh wait was multitasking invented by android along with mms and 3G? Let's ignore all the other phones that had those features.

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

taco, unlike you who thinks steve job invented everything, we arent trying to pretend android invented those things. no one even said that. you are pulling it out of your ass, like everything else. apple didnt invent multitouch, that was around for years. apple also didnt invent apps. if u wanna call a centralized app list, an "invention", suuuuure.. if its that important to u.

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