Apple and Samsung’s battle with BlackBerry for a share of lucrative defence and public sector markets intensified today with the news that the Pentagon has cleared Samsung mobile devices for use on US defense department networks.
The Pentagon is also expected to clear Apple mobile devices using the iOS 6 system this month.
This allows several government agencies to use Samsung Galaxy smartphones running on 'Knox', as well as iPhones and iPads running the latest iOS.
The move challenges BlackBerry’s supremacy in the defense and security sector and is a significant win for Samsung and Apple.
Until now BlackBerry has been seen as the manufacturer of choice for secure devices. BlackBerry has been Pentagon-approved for a number of years with 470,000 of the Pentagon's 600,000 smartphone owners using the BlackBerry device.
The Pentagon's approval will also strengthen Apple and Samsung’s wider drive into the public and corporate sectors across the globe.
Samsung confirmed today that it is also seeking certifications from other international government certification bodies for Samsung Knox-enabled devices to be used in government networks worldwide.
JK Shin, President and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, said, 'We are very pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Defense has approved Samsung Knox-enabled devices for use in DoD networks. This approval enables other government agencies and regulated industries such as health care and financial services to adopt Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
This is a significant milestone for Samsung as we work to grow our relationships within government and large corporate enterprises.'
Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pickart said. ’We are working towards establishing a multi-vendor environment that supports a variety of devices and operating systems, to include Samsung, Apple and BlackBerry.
‘A key objective of the plan is to establish a department-wide mobile enterprise solution that permits the use of the latest commercial technology such as smartphones and tablets.’