US Goo-vernment

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?


5 thoughts on “US Goo-vernment

  1. Google doesn’t need to raise its value any more. However, working hand-in-hand with the government may be expanding its marketing power. Google has already masterfully excelled in the consumer-to-cosumer and business-to-consumer markets. Opening its boundaries and working directly with the government may very well assist Google’s long-term plans.

    Google started off simply as a search based engine and has slowly become a global power house. Their involvement in governmental issues will only amplify their political objectives.

    Multi-lateral corporations will soon be a thing of the past as we enter into a world where social networks will dominate the political/governmental agendas. Google and Facebook have already opened its doors in dealing with international political bodies…Apple will soon learn to do so as well (and not only from a market shareholder perspective) – but it better do so soon before it trails too far behind.

  2. I think the government needs to become more tech savy. This is great news for Google as a government contract to supply all of the smartphone technology will be a huge revenue stream. But I think the other issue is that RIM wasn’t even asked. Blackberry was the main provider of smartphones for companies and governments and now they are not being consider for this contract. It shows how poorly managed the company is.

  3. I definitely think the government is moving in the right direction. If the general population and corporations are maximizing on this technology, it doesn’t make sense for the government to be missing out. Contracting Google for this is also a smart move. Apple paid for its tightly controlled way of operating by losing this bid. I think Google has more to offer, anyways. Hopefully we can see more of this going on in the future.

  4. I think it is the right decision to become more technology savvy in the mobile arena. It will lead to better efficiency and more informative decisions by the military. I believe Google is raising its value by working with the government since a lot of consumers are concerned about the security of their devices and information. Google can promote this relationship to consumers who are concerned about security, earn more new customer’s than Apple and potentially even take customers from Apple.

  5. I’m a little surprised that government is retrofitting current models; wouldn’t it be just as easy for someone to get a hold of this technology and copy it? With security being a top concern, I would’ve expected working with an OEM to build something completely unique.
    Still, it’s encouraging to see the government trying to embrace new technologies.

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