This project has been a bit of a slow burner for Google. We reported early in 2011 that the US Military was looking into Android and a Dell Android 2.2 build gained military approval late in 2011. This recent news is a clear indication of the progress being made in what has long been a market dominated by RIM devices and software
The specially modified version of Android has been designed to run on commercially available smartphones, a move that will keep costs down whilst allowing the government to upgrade to that shiny new Galaxy SIII when it finally arrives!
US soldiers will be the first to receive these devices, having been involved in the project from the early stages. Federal agencies will then receive the second batch of phones for sending and receiving confidential government informations whilst on the move.
Currently, US Government and Military workers are not permitted to use smartphones for sending classified information as (up until now) there has been no devices that have met the high security certifications. There’s hardly a week that goes by without a high profile, blue chip organization finding their data compromised by the likes of wikileaks or some other anonymous source. With this in mind, it’s absolutely imperative that the Government is more vigilant than ever before.
Michael McCarthy, director for the Army’s Brigade Modernization Command has been overseeing the testing of touchscreen devices for over 2 years now. He confirmed that his division shipped over 40 phones to overseas fighters last year with another 50 phones and 75 tablets due to be shipped in March of this year.
Source : CNN