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Department of Defense employees to soon be granted the use of Apple and Samsung smartphones

The Pentagon to soon approve DoD employees the use of iPhones and Galaxy-branded smartphones

By Anthony Garreffa from May 2, 2013 @ 0:37 CDT

The Wall Street Journal is reporting from sources familiar with the plans, that Department of Defense employees will soon be able to use Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy-branded smartphones on the job.

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Apple and Samsung have been trying for a while now to get their products approved for DoD use by the Pentagon, a market that is still to this day dominated by BlackBerry devices. The DoD has over three million employees, so it is a small market - but the turnover on devices would be high.

Both companies will reportedly have to go through a bunch of security tests before approval is granted, with one of Samsung's roadblocks being their OS of choice: Android. Android is an open-source OS, and is looked at as being more vulnerable to attack, while Apple's proprietary OS is deemed more secure. BlackBerry are having to go through another security process, as their latest Z10 and Q10 smartphones run the company's new BB10 OS.

NEWS SOURCES:Techspot.com

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