White House may drop BlackBerry after testing Samsung, LG smartphones


President Obama, it may be time to put down your beloved BlackBerry. Both the White House’s internal technology team and the White House Communications Agency have started testing smartphones from Samsung and LG. Also, the United States Department of Defense is also testing other devices. A Samsung spokesman would not confirm any of this; however, they did say the company is interested in the government sector. LG decided to just deflect any knowledge of the situation.

What would this mean for BlackBerry? The company relies heavily upon government and enterprise accounts and losing the White House would be yet another blow. BlackBerry remains heavily behind Android and has yet to find a plan to get back on track. The good news is that that any possible change in smartphones would take some time to actually happen. So for now, Mr. President, you can hang on to that BlackBerry.

And what would it mean for Samsung and LG? For Samsung, it would be huge as the company has really put a ton of time into building a solid infrastructure. Just look at Samsung Knox. LG would gain some attention if gaining this massive account and perhaps build a larger presence in the enterprise business.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.

  • WalterB

    i think thats great that the top level of the US government is looking at knox.
    if they switch from Blackberry, the Russians would be happier than LG
    Actually the Chinese would be happier, hum?