Pentagon will open its networks to iOS and Android next year

RIM's BlackBerry devices have been having a rough time recently. One thing the company could always rely on when sales were getting a little thin is plenty of fat government contracts. The Pentagon has been one of RIM's biggest customers, with over 470,000 BlackBerry devices, compared to just 41,000 Apple and 8,700 Android devices that they probably bought just to use as paperweights. In fact, to get onto the Pentagon's ultra-secure servers, only a BlackBerry will do. But that's about to change.

Starting next February, the Department of Defense will open up those networks to Apple and Android devices, and they will even be setting up separate secure app stores where users can get the latest military apps. You think the civilian versions of apps are cool? Imagine what the confidential military equivalents will be like.

DOD spokesman Teri Takai says that the move is designed to not only allow military personel to take advantage of the vast array of civilian apps, but also to keep them up to speed on the more popular platforms being used in recent cyber attacks. This of course begs the question: Didn't the government go with BlackBerry in the first place to leverage its suposedly greater security?

Bloomberg, via Gizmodo

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