, , and Samsung have all recently been in the running to get security approval for their newest devices to be used by the Department of Defense's some 3 million employees. BlackBerry is now the first to get approval. It's expected that both Apple and Samsung within the next couple of weeks.
In February, the agency said it planned to Google Android. The department said that eventually it wants to handle as many as 8 million devices.. Of the more than 600,000 mobile devices currently used by the department, 470,000 are BlackBerry, 41,000 are Apple, and 8,700 are running on
BlackBerry has had a tough go over the past year regarding government contracts, so the Pentagon approval must come as welcome news to the company. In October, the Pentagon announced it was planning to to other device makers. That same month, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced it was and replacing them with Apple's
In the past, BlackBerry has enjoyed many exclusive contracts with different U.S. government agencies. Various iterations of BlackBerry devices haveneeded by the government. It looks like the company's newest devices are still garnering the trust of the Department of Defense.
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