The US Government will begin implementing Android smartphones across numerous departments and agencies. They have already used them on the battlefield. Some soldiers are carrying Droids and Tablets with special Google software to communicate, navigate and conduct their missions. The Army has been testing these methods for about two years.
Soon the President and General Petraeus will be able to communicate directly via text message for status updates on CIA operations. Currently government officials are not allowed to use smartphones because fears of security breaches and hacking. Remember when President Obama wanted to keep his Blackberry when he was elected? This was a huge issue for the Secret Service and they had to essentially build him a new secure smartphone.
It seems that Google won this battle over Apple. Both companies were approached for this project but ultimately according to a contractor, “Google was more cooperative than Apple.” Apple would not let the government access to their core operating systems. Android software is more accesible and new versions easily upgradable.
Do you think the US Government is heading in the right direction by becoming more technologically savvy? Does it raise serious security concerns?
Do you think Apple lost out on this project? Did Google raise its value even more by doing business with the government?