Pentagon OKs Androids, BlackBerrys for soldiers

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The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on Thursday that it has approved the use of Samsung phones running a hardened version of Android.

According to the BBC, the approval for other types of smartphones and mobile devices for use by US soldiers is coming soon.

Specifically, approval for other Android devices and for Apple phones and tablets is expected later this month.

According to Federal News Radio, the move is part of a broader DoD plan to more than double the number of secure mobile devices used by armed forces by 2014.

The approved Samsung smartphones will run a hardened version of Android called Knox.

The Pentagon has also given a nod to several recent BlackBerry products, which Federal News Radio refers to as “the overwhelming incumbent in the market for DoD handhelds”.

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