The White House is testing Samsung and LG Android phones to replace BlackBerry

The White House is testing Samsung and LG Android phones to replace BlackBerry
It seems like 80% of the news that we get about BlackBerry these days is bad news for the company, while the other 20% is the current CEO talking about plans to save the company. This story falls into the former category, because one of the most high-profile clients on the BlackBerry roster, the White House, is considering ditching the platform for Android.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Android devices by Samsung and LG are in the early stages of testing, though a formal switch away from BlackBerry could still be months away. A Department of Defense spokesman confirmed that the White House "is piloting and using a variety of mobile devices", though another person close to the situation said that Apple's iPhone is not part of the testing plan. So, the White House may be testing "a variety of mobile devices", but it seems to be testing just one mobile platform: Android. Both Samsung and BlackBerry commented, but said nothing noteworthy concerning the rumor.

Of course, it should be noted that there is absolutely no indication that President Obama will be giving up his BlackBerry. The President has said in the past that he would prefer to use his iPhone, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards. Still, a switch from a modified BlackBerry 7 device to a more modern Android device would likely be a welcome change for the so-called "tech president". 

source: WSJ

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66 Comments

1. ddavis7387

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 04, 2014

this is interesting...... can't wait to see how this turns out

66. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

This is GOOD NEWS. Friend DON'T LET friend USE bb.

2. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

No Apple?!...YES!!! And im kinda surprised they're testing LG devices.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What's wrong with iPhones? Just curious.

4. mturby unregistered

price.

7. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

they not secure enough

10. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

last time i checked they were on par

11. jb4674

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

1. They are POS devices 2. The Federal Government asked Apple to give up their source code for the iPhone in order to harden it and they said FU Uncle Sam.

15. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

2 is the winner, I believe. Meanwhile, Android gives them full capability to customize and secure to meet their needs.

14. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

iPhones are too locked down. The government can't alter the software or add enough software to make them as secure as protocol mandates.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Fair enough. Android has that flexibility, especially when it comes to limitations of the device set by a company.

24. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

It would be National Security Risk for several reasons: 1. Government officials will have to be dependent on Wi-Fi and relegated to working out of Starbucks when out in the field. 2. Phone may not work in the event of an emergency. 3. Screen will be too small for presentations. 4. No Multi-Tasking. etc ......

5. mturby unregistered

LG r better than samsung phones. If they get samsung phones, the gov will have warranty issues as samsung takes two weeks for repair. LG as well, the difference is that lg phones last longer before its user can have a problem, unlike samsung.

6. Carlitos

Posts: 671; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

While you might be right in that, they the will most likely be looking for security. Which Samsung has a batter handle on than LG. Thanks to Knox.

9. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I agree. Knox put them in upper hand

17. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I'd bet my last dollar that it will be running a proprietary version of Android and Knox or LG's security won't even be used.

8. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I like LG phones as well but your comment is too childish and full of hate. Try to be credible..

21. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Yeah because if the POTUS or VPOTUS or one of their executive staffers have a problem with their Android phones, they'll just call customer service and be instructed to mail it back and wait 2 weeksfor a new one. Pretty sure that's not how things work on Pennsylvania Ave.

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

That's good news to me. I wonder what phone the President will switch out his BLACK BERRY when his term is done.

62. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

His iPhone, accroding to the article: "The President has said in the past that he would prefer to use his iPhone"

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm not a fan of Microsoft or their phone OS... but I'm somewhat shocked that they're not looking into using a Windows Phone.

18. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

@12. Are you kidding me how can those federal gov. people use those funky ugly UI of windows phones.

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Simply because most organizations both business and government use a Windows based OS for their desktops and notebooks.

19. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

@12. Are you kidding me how can those federal gov. people use those funky ugly UI of windows phones.

20. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Well at least the white house is doing something right. No that they recognized BlackBerry is on its way out and much better technology and phones are available maybe they can get a new president to

22. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

thealphageek1, what say you?

26. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

I highly doubt that the US government is going to switch from using the most secure mobile devices on the planet to one's that are less secure. They may ADD said Android devices to be used by government officials, but switch from BlackBerry completely? Not gonna happen. But you haters feel free to continue on with the wishful thinking.

27. mihulsingh

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

They should all be given BB10 OS devices like the Z10, Q10 or the Q5, they are fast and secure and have a great UI as well.

30. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Indeed.

65. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

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