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It's a special version of Android called Knox

Soldiers in the U.S. military can now carry Android-powered smartphones made by Samsung thanks to a recent approval by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). 

Samsung smartphones running a secure version of Android -- called Knox -- were deemed secure enough for DOD approval, which signals the beginning of a more diverse mobile ecosystem within the U.S. military. 

Other versions of Android and Apple's iOS are currently awaiting approval as well. These decisions are expected to be made by the end of May. 

There are about 600,000 smartphone users in the DOD. About 470,000 were using BlackBerry devices only, since those were the only smartphones secure enough for such sensitive information. 

However, BlackBerry saw some hard times over the past couple of years -- including a major service outage that affected Europe, the Middle East, India, North America and Africa in October 2011 -- and lost significant market share to the likes of Apple and Google's Android operating system.

DOD has since opened up testing of other devices to see if they can be as secure as BlackBerry smartphones. With Samsung and the Knox version of Android on board, others should be approved in time as well. 

BlackBerry isn't getting the boot completely, though. At the same time that Samsung received approval, BlackBerry 10 devices and PlayBook tablets did as well. 

With promising inital reviews of BlackBerry 10 rolling in, the company might have a chance at keeping its place in some corporations and government agencies. 

Source: BBC News

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RE: locked down
By Nortel on 5/3/2013 4:16:57 PM , Rating: -1
Makes me sad for all those Android users out there without Knox, knowingly using an insecure device... while Apple and Blackberry devices were approved without any modification.

RE: locked down
By Nutzo on 5/3/2013 4:39:31 PM , Rating: 2
Actually it says Apple is still waiting approval, as or other android vendors.

RE: locked down
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/3/2013 4:42:54 PM , Rating: 2
And he can't read apparently.... boy, Apple really messes up some peoples brains.

RE: locked down
By retrospooty on 5/4/2013 9:36:33 AM , Rating: 5
" Apple really messes up some peoples brains."

I dont know... I think it might be backwards. Nortel consistently posts completely ill thought out, uninformed and just plain moronic posts constantly, so it still begs the question...

Is Nortel a complete and utter moron because he uses Apple products? Or does Nortel use Apple products because he is a complete and utter moron?

RE: locked down
By cyberguyz on 5/5/2013 9:48:52 AM , Rating: 4
Is Nortel a complete and utter moron because he uses Apple products? Or does Nortel use Apple products because he is a complete and utter moron?

tbh, I think he studied for it. Nobody could gain that level of stupid from simply using a product. It takes years of practice and hard work. I must say though that he does show a talent for it.

RE: locked down
By jimbojimbo on 5/3/2013 5:26:29 PM , Rating: 5
Even worse. Every time there's an iOS update I have to keep super attention to our Exchange servers so they won't take them down again like the 6.1.1 version did. Android never hurt us at all. One iOS device with shoddy firmware did. Thanks, Apple!

RE: locked down
By retrospooty on 5/4/2013 6:01:00 PM , Rating: 2
Same here, the only problems we have ever had with any mobile devices are with iPhone and iPad and bugs related to Exchange.

RE: locked down
By cyberguyz on 5/5/2013 9:50:30 AM , Rating: 2
Imagine now that happening in the DOD. Oopsie!

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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