US government and military getting Android phones

US government and military getting Android phones
Security is one of the things that Android competitors always want to take a swipe at, but if any organizations takes security seriously it would be the US government and US military, and it looks like both will be getting Android devices pretty soon. 

We've already seen the Pentagon approve one single customized Android device for use, and now CNN is reporting that US troops may be getting Android devices as soon as this year. It seems that the government has been testing out smartphones for a while and Android fits the needs best because it can be so easily customized. Apple reportedly wouldn't allow the government access to the iOS source code, so the necessary tweaks and customizations weren't possible on Apple devices. However, Android's open structure means that the government can dig in and do whatever it needs to suit its purposes. 

The plan is that the government will use commercially available handsets that are loaded up with the heavily customized and locked-down Android builds that the government puts together. It seems that one of the only sticking points right now are in securing voice calls as most other uses have been secured to the government's liking. 

source: CNN

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57 Comments

2. baaam

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

The President should get a G-Nex?! Yay!!

56. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

No he has an iPhone sorry

5. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

This is THE nail in the U.S. Government's coffin. Lord help us!

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

But didint the govt choose dell as their device? Its a piece of crap

12. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

yes the Dell Streak running Android...

18. Nathan

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I think one reason they chose the Dell Streak was because it's one of the few US made Android Smartphones.

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

do people need any more proofs that android actually is a BETTER OS?

9. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

I don't know if it's the OS that sold them. I think it's a combination of that and Aplle basically giving them the finger. That's bad for business. Look at how much potential revenue they are going to lose over this.

26. stealthd unregistered

yes, they do need more proofs

39. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

They probably wanted android because apple has most of their factories over sea's and won't bring $$ back to the US. But what do I know

8. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

Atleast its somthing positive thats goin on with the US gov this year

10. ilia1986 unregistered

Wow.. Apple doesn't allow the military of their own country to access the iOS code. In other words - Apple doesn't care about saving the lives of the soldiers who defend their country (The military doesn't need smartphones for Angry Birds. It needs them to save lives) - the very country on which Apple exists actually. All it cares about are trolling patent suits and $$$$.

25. stealthd unregistered

Are you capable of posting anything that isn't riddled with logical fallacies?

28. ilia1986 unregistered

Are you capable of posting something that could disprove or discredit my statement?

44. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

im actually interested in these fallacies. there is a reason you dont see many stories about apple doing nice things for people.. because they dont do many nice things for people.

55. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Most of the people who frequently post comments here are incapable of that.

11. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

the way are goverment is run.. good ridance.. next thing you know they will mess perfection that is the iphone...

13. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

lay off the kool-aid nothing is "perfection" stupid cock face

14. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

sorry cant concentrate.. have to look at your avatar..@

15. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

haha touche'

22. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

See! Now THAT, is a bad a$$ chicken!

37. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The ninjas back! :D

41. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

LOL! I was in a joyfully antagonist mood after the truely shocking news about iOS crashing more than Android. Figured now was the perfect time to let my geek flag fly.

29. SleepingOz unregistered

Aren't you the one who said that the gov and army were still considering ios when this info was only a rumour. Now, guess what?! They did and found out that ios is just a plain stupid app launcher. ahahahahahhaha

32. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

@ Gallitoking Do you realize how much of a tool you sound every time you troll? If you actually beleive the iphone is perfect you clearly are the most ignorant and blinded fool I have ever seen. Nothing is perfect, yes that's right not even Apple. Time to wake up and stop drinking the apple koolaid already. I don't care if you hate android but you sound like a complete brainwashed fool with no mind of his own.

16. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Great job Android btw what happen to taco and the miz?? only "cock" is here that's sad!

17. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

So from now on android will have two releases...civilian and military spec :)

19. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

IIRC, Apple still doesn't have FIPS cert for iphones

20. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I can just see it now 5-7'' pip-boy like Androids. Then hook one of these to a drone for a birdseye view. Just launch the AirForce app and drop some bombs with a touch from your device. Front facing camera for orders and keeping in touch with loved ones. Maps with all sorts of info. It would need some kinda of safety features so someone just cant pick one up off a dead soldier and get info off of it.

21. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Wow, the US making the wrong choice again just like when they decided to enact the new healthcare plan from Obama.

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