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US military ready to deploy secure Android smartphones

The US government is ready to start handing out Android smartphones to high-ranking officials and soldiers stationed throughout the world, according to new reports. We’ve heard plenty of chatter over the past year or so about the government’s interest in deploying devices running Google’s mobile OS for military use, and, the powers that be have signed off on our favorite green robot’s enlistment forms. The decision came after Google’s biggest mobile competitor, Apple, denied government officials access to iOS source code. Android became an obvious choice due to the platform’s openness and the ability for a third-party to alter the operating system’s code. This has allowed for the government to create their own custom version of Android that meets stringent security standards and allows for the transmittal of classified information.

Much work has been done testing specific applications and analyzing the sorts of data transmitted. Researchers found that many apps often ask for permissions excessive of what they actually need to function. Government-issued Android devices will allow users to see exactly what information is being sent and then decline the transmission of that data. The goal is to provide a strong layer of security while still allowing those with the devices to enjoy a casual game such as Angry Birds during down time.

The devices will be used to relay sensitive information and aid in communications between officials high on the political scale as well as soldiers in theaters of combat. Using the secure smartphones our men and women on the frontline will be able to communicate their position and better organize their military movements.

Oh, and the real kicker? One contractor working on the project has revealed that new Android OS updates will be pushed to government-grade devices in as little as two weeks. With a streamlined approval process, once software has been appropriately modified it will be fast-tracked to deployed smartphones. We’d like to see any carrier or manufacturer top that.

[via CNN | Thanks, Fort!]




  • http://www.advocare.com/09033848 gloriousnumber1

    Nice!

  • Matt

    Proof that Apple doesn’t care about the people!

  • MileHighDroid

    Awesome! This is a huge advantage over ios. This will help Android grow considerably. Yet another reason why Android is dominating the mobile market. This continues to show how the apple business model does not work in todays tech world.

  • Covert_Death

    loving how apple would rather protect its closed island then protect our armed forces. if you can’t trust the military i can’t trust you, sorry

    • http://twitter.com/BasKoene Bas Koene

      That is true!

  • Juan Carlos Contreras

    Yeah…Screw those Apple commies!!!

  • max

    A military contract is what every company desires it’s an almost guaranteed recipe for success over the competition. Android is now safe enough for the army, means it’s for sure safe enough for the corporate sector. Just look at Coca Cola, the military made them big in the international market. The biggest concern for many businesses was the security of Android, as soon as the same safety mechanisms the army uses are implemented to the public, corporations will know Android will be the most secure system on the market. This is probably the biggest win for Google’s Android platform since its inception.

  • Boom! Its phatman

    I want a military grade Android phone!

  • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

    That’s such a sick pic. Andy’s packin’!!! :D

    • Manbo

      He’s all out of gum. You know what that means! :)

  • jawman

    You should get a pic of Andy holding a rifle that the US military actually uses.

  • DYNK

    This will near def seal Android operating system as the safest os. Companies will follow. I know its been a few years since birth if Android but this IS THEE biggrst win since
    imho.

  • http://www.aimertoujoursvivretoujours.com/ El Swiss

    I don’t know how I feel about Andy holding a rifle.
    I imagined him more as playing the “nice guy” stereotype.

    • Manbo

      Andy is just prepping for the next round of Apple lawsuits. Can never be too prepared.

  • Martin Pelant
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=551163421 Andrew Brown

    do you think I could pick up a military grade smartphone at the Army Navy Surplus store?