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The United States Department of Defense has decided to go “platform agnostic.” No longer will important DoD communications be the sole province of BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) devices; Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android and Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS will also be entrusted to carry the department’s messages. While the change will not take effect until 2014, the disappointment among BlackBerry investors is palpable. After all, secured communications have long been the company’s niche.
The reason for the Department of Defense’s defection was not an outright critique of the operating system; the change was implemented in order to speed the adoption of mobile devices by government workers, according to AppleInsider. What this move does suggest is that what many commentators have saying about the smartphone industry recently is true; the sheer number of top-of-the-line devices, with quality applications, makes choosing one phone a difficult and unnecessary decision, especially when one option is BlackBerry’s untried new offering. Instead of tying itself to one brand, the Defense Department wants to be able to access a broader range of technological offerings that provide different uses…
“It won’t be a shotgun approach, where everyone gets the same apps and devices,” said Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, speaking with the publication. “The key takeaway is that it’s a multi-vendor solution. We will have a DoD-wide device management system and a DoD-wide app storefront.”
While Pickart acknowledged BlackBerry’s former dominance on the security front, he added that both iOS and Android have made significant improvements in that area…
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