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U.S. military are looking at iOS and Android-based phones, could ditch RIM

The RIM-heavy U.S. military could soon move to iOS and Android-based devices

@anthony256
Published Mon, Jun 18 2012 10:08 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:28 PM CST

If BlackBerry makers Research in Motion weren't already in enough trouble, it seems that the U.S. military could switch over most of their mobile devices from BlackBerry's to those running Apple's iOS or Google's Android mobile operating systems.

U.S. military are looking at iOS and Android-based phones, could ditch RIM  | TweakTown.com

BlackBerry's are, as it stands right now, the device of choice for Pentagon among other U.S. military branches. It's also worth noting that RIM's biggest customer is... the U.S. military, but officials within the military have already voiced their opinion on RIM's BlackBerry platform not being able to keep up with the iOS and Android technology.

Teri Takai, the Pentagon's chief of information officer has said that flexibility provided by non-BlackBerry platforms to develop custom applications is what makes the move to the iOS and Android platforms so attractive. The current BlackBerry devices that DoD use are also not portable enough, with Dennis Moran, vice president for Harris Corp stating:

People have been calling for this for years. It's acknowledged that the world is moving toward mobility and the department's got to move in that same direction.

Third-party software also joins the ranks of reasons to move to iOS and Android, as the third-party apps with added security is a huge tick for the U.S. military.

NEWS SOURCE:vr-zone.com

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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