US DoD approves Android phones for use

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that military personnel can start using a hardened version of the Android operating system, Knox, on Samsung smartphones. Up until now, only BlackBerry devices were deemed to be sufficiently secure enough for military personnel to use.

In August 2011 it was reported that McAfee had found Android to be the least secure of all the mobile operating systems on the market. However, the decision by the DoD falls in line with their previously announced Mobile Device Strategy  in which the DoD aimed at opening itself up to the wider use of mobile technology.

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