The White House begins testing Samsung and LG phones - or are they?

By Adam Zeis on 21 Mar 2014 08:59 am EDT
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According to the Wall Street Journal, The White House is starting to test devices other than BlackBerry — namely Samsung and LG. The tests are still in the early stages and any implementation is still "months away" however. Neither Samsung nor LG commented on the rumor, but a Defense Department spokesman said that The White House "is piloting and using a variety of mobile devices".

President Barack Obama has held tightly to his BlackBerry over the years, and we're not quite sure he's ready to let it go just yet. There's no sign of him switching away from his beloved BlackBerry for now.

Hot of the press from BlackBerry: 

Press Release

BlackBerry Statement:

"We value the long-term relationship we’ve had with the White House and have been securing their mobile communications for more than a decade.  The U.S. government requires the highest levels of security.  We were the first mobility platform to receive the 'Authority to Operate' certification from the Department of Defense.

Governments test new technologies frequently, but nevertheless the U.S. government continues to choose BlackBerry for its unmatched security and cost effectiveness. Other vendors such as Samsung and LG still have a long way to go to catch up to meet the government’s stringent requirements and certifications. BlackBerry’s operating system has already received the highest security approvals from the United States, United Kingdom and NATO, and our latest operating system, BlackBerry 10, is already certified for high-security users in various NATO countries."

200 comments

jojo beaconsfield

What was the name of that Director who left BB for Samsung?Female

jojo beaconsfield

@Gord..Thanks,If CB wasn't so intrigued with Android this probably wouldn't happen!!HaHa,just kidding!!.

seascape

Media outlets are reporting this news as if it means the White House is dumping BlackBerry.

That's not the case, but John Chen had better be working overtime to retain the WH as a customer. They should offer to outfit the WH with BB10 devices.

I know there are a few out there who still consider legacy BB superior. I think they are in the minority. For the majority of us, once you've gone BB10, you have no interest in going back. BB10 is simply wonderful. Especially 10.2.1!

W Hoa

White Housespokesman Jay Carney said, "The Executive Office of the President is not participating in a pilot program with regards to our handheld electronic devices."

Reports that the White House is switching from BlackBerry to Samsung or LG may have created a "misimpression," he added.

Comments follow rumors in WSJ Thursday that said the White House is testing Samsung and LG devices.

DaSchwantz

Wsj is a rag now...nothing like it used to be.

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Kiddo2050

Hope they are not on AT&T and STILL wating for 10.2. Thanks for selling the Z30 direct but please just bypass AT&T and release the software. It's clear AT&T will never sell another BB device to the public so nothing to lose.

Eldon Wilk

Chen was at the white house not sure if he was talking one on one with the prez and they are putting a building in washington for better access to the concerns of the US. The guy is jumping through hoops for them as he should .

w0qj

We've always suspected that our leaders are superior, wise, and walks/hovers 1 inch above the ground :)

Now we know their name, they are called "White House Beings..."

(Please, CrackBerry, proofread your articles and especially headlines!)

shiszil

Rollllling!!!! Another witty reply! TY

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Jimberry Storm

OMG laughing my but off!!!! good one

VictorRight

Will carlos slim make a pitch now to offer samsung phones as the new obama phone on the street?

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nabil114

She might be using her contacts.

Prem WatsApp

Yep, if she's on Android, they have already been mined. ;-)

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sin-co

Big brother at Big Brothers house, interesting.

koalaberry

What better way for the NSA to keep an eye on government employees than to hand out android devices to them.

Devil

Exactly my thoughts. If it were a BlackBerry, snooping be gone!

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Prem WatsApp

Google will mine the data for them, via unencrypted cloud backup, so all they have to do is siphon it off at the very source, how convenient!

Wifi passwords, contacts, emails, apps, photos, videos, you name it....

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Munich669

It's going to take months of testing and then they still have to get an approval...so BlackBerry better not sleep on this.

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Anthony Roberts5

I agree fully they need to show the power of BES and the of BB10 especially to Obama like he is rocking a very old BlackBerry device it bugs me big time since bb10 and BlackBerry OS is night and day....

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rocker_man1

Actually Obama has been seen rocking a Z10 now.

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aha

Get the man an Z30 already!

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sk8er_tor

That wasn't his phone.
Besides, John Chen is on record saying they're working with the White House and getting their feedback on new devices.

dejanh

Too late. With DoD switching it is very likely the rest of the major US branches will follow.

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Prem WatsApp

Until Android malware causes a leak of sensitive data or they forget to turn of cloud backup to Google servers.

That would be hilarious.

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jojo beaconsfield

@Prem...they are a bunch of A__holes,did you hear about the teenager who got to the top of the new World Trade Center in New York!!!Passed all their security un-noticed,and these are things that happen in front of our eyes,my god think about what we can't see.

axllebeer

Yeah perhaps the US government is just dropping it's standards just a bit.

Wait does that mean we can hack them lol

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Soeasy

Rubbish... As usual...

Prem WatsApp

So you are fine with unencrypted cloud backup as default setting on Android, even Wifi passwords and other sensitive data?

I was an employer, I would not like to go through great efforts to keep my network secure, only to then have my network's password leaked by some BYOD Android device....

Android is the number one platform for mobile malware (Kaspersky report). No, Zeus doesn't seems to be of any concern to you...

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Do you want to engage in any sensible discussions, or just call everything "rubbish"?

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Prem WatsApp

* if I was

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Dukun

Like Prem said, maybe so, until something bad happens.
So many organizations go with the cheaper option initially, then realize the mistake and end up spending more correcting the problem than they would have if they just chose the correct, though possibly more expensive, solution in the beginning.

BlackberryFan777

Naw. Once you go BYOD, you don't go back. Besides, private enterprise handling confidential matters has been BYOD for years now without the disaster you predict or hope for. In the end, BlackBerry has to create devices that are much better than the consumer devices that employees already want and know how to use. It's really all a consumer game now. Mike L. realized this, but acted slowly, and Thor seemed committed to competing for the future. Chen seems to believe that in a year or two, he can make companies think they need BES even if they don't use BlackBerry devices. I hope he's right, but I suspect he's wrong. Actually, I hope he changes his mind and commits to winning the device war and collecting all the more valuable mobile winnings associated with that win... We'll see...

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Prem WatsApp

I don't hope for anything bad to happen, or that I enjoy "schadenfreude".

But the same way "they" (Google, govt) treat our data might ultimately backfire for them.

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billsterjito

It would be nice to see a little advertising come from a White house decision to stay with BlackBerry.

C0015B221 All about making Wine kits.

gnirkatto

It has always been beyond my grasp how a person/company/governmental org that has put security on top of their list of priorities can even think of an Android powered phone as a valid option. Android !? Hello !

eszklar

And who helped develop the code for Secure Linux (SELinux)? The NSA that's who. I'm sure the NSA code ninjas will have no problems hardening the President's Android-based phone.

Nicholas Kathrein

Doesn't that mean the NSA knows where to patch it?

Christophe Piquemal

No... They know how to infect Droids phones since the beginning... so why droids phones?

It could be the opposite... because they do not know how to infect a BB, they want the president to use a LG or a Samsung.

Nicholas Kathrein

Because knowing how to infect them also tells you how to lock them down.

Christophe Piquemal

Well, you can do that with BES or "BB Protect"

hhasan

Unless I'm wrong, isn't this exactly what BlackBerry is touting....that it can manage all security for all devices in a BYOD environment. So then why the surprise....aren't organizations simply taking advantage of this feature that BlackBerry offers? Am I missing something here? And please, no reason to hate, I'm just asking.

Posted using my amazing Z10...BB4All

bspence87

I think that the White House likely has it's own device management software.
The white house is also great marketing for BlackBerry handsets, which are an integral part of JC's four-pillar strategy. They don't need to sell a lot of handsets, but it has to not lose money.

BlackberryFan777

BlackBerry offers a BYOD solution with BES 10 and will offer a better one with BES 12, but there are other MDM companies that provide good solutions for BYOD MDM. BlackBerry's advantage is that it is the only one that works with BlackBerry handsets. If companies loose interest in BlackBerry handsets, they are a lot more likely to just go with another solution for MDM altogether.

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vincenzio

Not sure what BlackBerry can do to salvage. Was it the air force or navy, now the White House. Not good!!!

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bspence87

The news doesn't mention the bug WINS for BlackBerry. Like the entire German government.

WSJ doing what WSJ does; bash BlackBerry..

nerdydaddyo

They are testing ANDROID devices. You know, the devices more susceptible to malware and unauthorized access. Our government has finally lost its collective mind.

I used my Q10 to create this CrackBerry madness!

Nicholas Kathrein

Only more e susceptible to malware because 80 % market share and people have the option of installing from Unknown sources. Only dumb people are going to make malware for something like BB that has 3 % of the market. Same goes to MS. Apple doesn't let you install anything that isn't from their app store. I'm sure they locked that down or there have their own app store that they have to use on these Android phones.

sk8er_tor

Your statement is bogus. When BlackBerry had the majority of market share, it was still secure. Apple doesn't let you install anything that isn't from their App Store but iOS can be jail broken so it defeats the purpose. Samsung has already tried and failed to lock down Android with Knox.

Nicholas Kathrein

How long ago was that? Times have changed. Computers were the #1 target for virus and malware. That has shifted in the last few years. Look at the computer shipment collapsed in the last few years while phone and tablet sales continue to eat up that market. All based on Android and iOS. Computing has shifted and so has the focus of malware. There are SDK's for making easy apps and the trick is to get people to turn off the protections on your phone. As long as you download from Google Play and you leave the default of not allowing unknown apps your chances of any very small. Then if you go online to sites like mobile nations and look for their top apps of the week / month / year and pick from there then you won't ever have any issues. My argument remains true. Being able to install in app you want in Android by turning off the security is the number 1 reason they target android. Also along with that is the market share of 80% world wide. Programmers have shifted from making computer programs to phone programs. When BB was at the top of their game the phones had much less capabilities. Now some people use their phones for EVERYTHING. BB devices years ago was for communication. Much less of a computer then todays smart phones.

kunamvahees

This - I Agree.
I don't think Android has a BIG security issue as people claim. If you ONLY install apps and games you need from Google play store you'll have no issue.
Unless, the your browser let malware sneak into the systems by make you click on ADs and stuffs on your phones. I think that is possible.

bspence87

You miss the point. If these apps can walk right through your phone, so can hackers. There is way too much open access to make Android customizable by third parties.

Nicholas Kathrein

Only if you turn off the security and any apps that morph after you install them are detected later Google has a new 2nd check system that constantly checks your apps and will tell you if an app was found after the fact to have malware.

Below is the general info

http://www.esecurityplanet.com/mobile-security/android-malware-separatin...

Soeasy

Hey, stop being informed on other products and definitely stop making sense!

That will get you sent to solitary confinement on CB. That troll Branta is probably flagging your profile right now.

Cesare21

When X platform BBM was to come out, there were malicious BBM apps available on Google play store. Folks have downloaded them.

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kunamvahees

We dont know the details yet, but we can be sure if Androids phones are considered to be used at very important places, they would have thought about all what we talk here. If they can some how restrict/disable any apk to be installed on the phone without Admin approval, then that should take care of security concerns.

I am not implementing Android is anyway better than Blackberry when it comes to security. I think android is a place which has more doors and more people knows how to pick 'em. But if they want, they can improve the locks and restrict access a lot. I sincerely want someone to pick those locks.. after the Android say "Now Android is Secure"

Dukun

By some people's standards, many legitimate Google Play Store apps ARE malware/spyware.

Nicholas Kathrein

I'm sure those aren't any of the popular apps anyone wants. I'm sure with over a BILLION apps some will be bad / shady.

http://www.appbrain.com/stats/number-of-android-apps

Nicholas Kathrein

Also you could say something similar with the BB store and that one developer who made like 300,000 "apps" on their own.

freddysrevng3

Get Obama the first Q20 on the planet and have Chen hand deliver it to him..

Great PR...

Why is this so difficult to understand?

CB10 from the Z30

eszklar

Blackphone, the Boeing Black Smartphone, Cryptophone. All hardened Android Smartphones which can furthered be hardened by the NSA.

Always smiling

Black phone = unproven in the real world

Boeing Black phone = James Bond ish, will self destruct if tampered with PHYSICALLY, not sure about the software side.

I don't doubt that the government is TESTING all possible new hardware out there to replace the aging fleet of BB's. This doesn't mean anything until the contract for new hardware is inked and the money changes hands.

Cheers!

milo53

I work with Govt Contracts, if they are shopping, they will be changing.

The Mighty Chen did say, 50-50 chance of survival.

The Govt must have a backup plan, wouldn't you?

BB_Junky

Why would he want to go backwards? Just because you people are screaming for old tech does not mean your president does!

Sent flawlessly from my Z30!

AlrightAlrightAlright

BlackBerry will not be able to survive if they lose the Federal Government as a client.

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birdman_38

Which is why they should have developed a secure Android phone by now.

Apparently BlackBerry still thinks its impervious and prefers to just sit back and watch while the big two swoop in and take what is traditionally theirs.

Whyareallthegoodnamestaken

They have at least do testing on other phones in order to confirm that BB 10 is the most secure. It's a government contract. It's their duty to try out all of the alternatives. I don't think this is a threat to BB at all. If anything it will work out well for BB because it will show that the Whitehouse has tested all the others and come to its conclusion fairly that BB is the best.

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TheStoryUp

I agree, it could end up being very good for BlackBerry if the White House test Android but decide to stick with BB10/BBOS.

FYI

The Canadian Government is allowing its Members of Parliament to chose iPhone instead of BlackBerry starting in April 2014. Expect to see a headline soon.

Zed30

Step_6

This actually made the CBC a few months ago in a tiny little unnoticed article... I posted it on Facebook like people should be concerned, from an economic point of view... I have nothing against American companies of course, but in the era of buy American, shouldn't the Canadian government at least support those Canadian companies that are struggling? why the cold shoulder? The rest of the world has governments who buy from and support local efforts, while our gov't is only concerned about saving money where it feels good, and trying to act cool? especially when tax payers have to fork over twice as much for these dip shits to use iPhone now... hopefully this will polarize MPs by letting us see who actually cares about supporting Canadians... we just look at their phone! anyhow like I said, to my American buds reading this, I have nothing against Americans, it's just we have a problem up here where a lot of folks wanna to American stuff made in China, because that's who can afford to market their stuff the best, and that's not too hot for those of us who wanna have jobs up here lol.

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gdurnt

It will take years look how long they test software updates to general public 10.2

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BBUniq01

This will not be good for BlackBerry if the White House goes Android. DoD, BoA and now this. It will take a major hacking scandal for major organizations to realize what a mistake these moves have been. And Good is not good. I have heard complaints from friend who had to move from BlackBerry to iPhone in regards to Good. Hates it.

Loving my Zed 10!!

Nicholas Kathrein

So you saying the NSA isn't going to work with testing and suggest where to lock up the holes?

birdman_38

If people think this is a careless decision by the government, they're wrong.

Pippomagri

Don't think android devices will ever be approved for secured transmissions in the white house. It would be stupid, BlackBerry has always been super-reliable and secure, I see no valid reason for american intelligence to change

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Jerale

BlackBerry always have the same statement for everything dealing with their security so no surprise there. I wouldn't think Obama would give away his precious bold he held on to for so long but he does need an upgrade. Chen needs to get BB10 into his hands very soon. Hurry and release the Q20.

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paranee2

Maybe white house though, no more secret to hide . already everything leaked. No point of wasting money on secure. Therefore they need a phone to contact, they decided to go with cheaper way

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shabbs

Those crazy White House beings...

;)

Lostonline

It's bad when the title gets borked. Ya'll need to hire an editor.

CDN BB

bsirvio

They've needed an editor for a long time now. Bla1ze's info is great; his subject-verb agreement, though? Not so much.

BBUK14

BlackBerry and the majority of Crackberry fans are in dreamland regarding the solidity of BlackBerry's base in government and enterprise spaces - absolute dreamland. If they think they can defend that hilltop from constant and growing bombardment from companies who will get better and better at security AND have cool devices and OS options...well, we will see.

For the record, I'm rooting for BlackBerry to get some rock star devices out in order to get the OS and phones enough popularity to provide BlackBerry with a more balanced 'playbook', pun intended.

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dejanh

Agreed. The enterprise only play is not very likely to succeed. With the erosion of privacy being secure has lost a lot of its meaning. If anything, the trend is to adopt more technologies that are easier to manipulate and control, all in the name of security.

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dejanh

Also, BlackBerry ia in dreamland if they think that they can drive consumer demand through enterprise. It is not going to happen. The market is very much the other way around now.

One other thing to acknowledge objectively is that the level of adoption of iOS by non-mobile industries and the continuing push by Apple to penetrate more consumer (and business) segments really means that iOS and Apple's ecosystem in general are here to stay. More than that, they will probably continue to be the primary ecosystem despite the lesser market share than Android. Android is the "low cost variant" for the masses and it too benefits from a strong adoption by non-core industries. It too is here to stay.

I think the more this goes on the more apparent it will become that BlackBerry needs a left-field strategy to really recover, and they will have to succeed at it too. The gap between them and Apple/Google is just too big right now. Please note that this also applies to Microsoft, who is also fighting for scraps.

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Prem WatsApp

Windows Phone is gonna catch on. They have a lot going for them. Just imho.

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rdgroulx

Disagree on everything. BlackBerry has said very clearly a hundred times they know what they faced. Chen even "it would be a pretty big deal if BlackBerry could be saved" so they know they face destruction. Chen also said if Samsung could deliver on Knox then it would be a legitimate threat.

Everyone and their mother knows what needs to be done and we cross our fingers something can happen to save the boat from the abuss.

I'm Zeeing a bright future for Blackberry

viennabb

With the right man at the helm, BlackBerry is very much a legitimate contender for one of the greatest comebacks in tech history. Apple faced a similar plight not too long ago. But most have forgotten, or are too young to know about it. But remember who started this all. The company that singlehandedly created the smartphone industry, can singlehandedly reinvent the industry once again. Whether that man is Prem, or Chen, is up for debate. It's time to go all in.

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WWBlondieDo

*Begins

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rickster2611

You read my mind Freddysrevng3.

Let's have a meeting with Mr Chen .

Show the President the new Q20 before anyone else.

Timex always gives Presidents a watch.

Why not give President Obama the latest BlackBerry smartphone.

Why stop at America, Canada, the EU dignitaries, Australia and New Zealand

Make it a tradition.

All newly appointed top CEO 's should have one for free courtesy of BlackBerry with one to one specialist training and support.

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dejanh

This is so naive. Do you really think that one persons preference for a device will dictate the entire state's policy? BlackBerry could hand-deliver these in gold and it won't change a thing. Maybe if they were selling to Turkmenistan or Tajikistan.

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John Kastanes

Not surprised by anything our government does. It is all about $ and favors.

Z10

Pippomagri

The Italian government is ridiculously similar..

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Nicholas Kathrein

I'm not sure replacing BB devices has anything to do with $$ and favors. I'm sure everyone just can't get enough of Samsung (Korea) and LG (Korea) money. They more likely take money from apple than Korean companies.

pauld19

It is good to see the White House moving to a new policy of transparency. This way everyone can eavesdrop on the president's phone calls. It would be better that all government employees be given non Blackberry phones so this transparency would be universally available. Testing costs can be eliminated as we all know the phones that are non secure. Going further, the cost of having the NSA would be eliminated. Huge savings for the country but more unemployment.

BB Super Junior

Lol yes, I agree with the benefits you've pointed out.

Aka S.Jizzle Z30STA100-5/10.2.1.2141

milo53

The only thing he uses the BB for is tee time scheduling at the finest Golf Courses in the USA and beyond. He can use an iPhone for that.

FOR RIM

they are just testing mr chen too got a chance with white house so are others getting
blackberry is still gonna beat them in security

Maximus65

What "beings" exactly....are at the Whitehouse? ROFL

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Prem WatsApp

Those from Roswell and Area 51? Is Obama a federally funded black budget project....? (no pun, please!)

Now it gets ridiculous.....

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jope28

White house beings think they're special.

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bubsgoal

Did the white house not learn about security when they hacked the German chancellor's phone.The reason she switched to blackberry!

dejanh

Do you really think that she did not know? Don't be silly. She of course has to act outraged as she has to feed into the sentiment of the population. Also, adopting BlackBerry by German government had nothing to do with the spying "scandal".

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Nicholas Kathrein

Wow, you guys have a one track mind. You don't think with the NSA's knowledge of all smart phones that they would tell them what to patch?

surgeon1919

I can understand having a few of those devices on the side but why would they risk compromising security and why are they supporting Korean companies?

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iToya

Definitely read the title as 'begins' lol...stupid brain auto-correct.

Any who, BlackBerry needs to kick the White House in the teeth with the latest and greatest. If the WH tests LG and Samsung and decide to stick with BlackBerry someone better start shouting from the raptures at BlackBerry.

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06nasti

LAME

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MwineBBVet

The White House "Beings" ha ha. Written on a Samsung?

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ANTIABE

Hack those androids and they will want BlackBerry forever! :)

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blackberry008

Blackberry should give Obama a Porshe design blackberry as a gift

Let him see the power of bb10 first

www.apktrain.com for Android apps from your blackberry 10 browser

Kiddo2050

BlackBerry needs to prove that they can have a rock solid phone that runs Android Apps and services.

Google should not be opposed because they care more about services than the Os and it would drive their services to business. For example google docs.

Google also needs to cut down dependence on Samsung which I'd moving to Tizen.

BlackBerry 10.2 with Android apps and services would stop a lot of switching.

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paulmike83

Let the Koreans into the White House, wooo.

Apple, The New Evil Empire

ANTIABE

Get BlackBerry to Russia government. They will accept a hardware keyboard and a security server. The Germans government also switch to BlackBerry. Forget White House. They want only money.

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BitPusher2600

Just wow. It's true, they would have to lock that thing down so much, I can't see the NSA sorting thru 15 million plus lines of code attempting to circumvent all of Google's data mining policies, all of the wide open holes and plausible exploits in the OS itself, holy Geez. If they did somehow pull this off, that thing wouldn't be usable in the way most people think of Android. Wouldn't exactly be playing around on the Web or in the Play store and stuff like that. If there's something internally so appealing about Android (unless the named companies are somehow offering a way better deal), why don't they just start utilizing the Android runtime instead?

BitPusher2600

Wait guys I just a wild revelation. Consider the severity of Google's data mining, combine this concept with the tactic of extreme market saturation and penetration and what do we have? A perfect branch addition or replacement for the NSA. Google Inc. That branch of the company will remain undocumented and unnamed, because considering their market position right now, what better way to monitor the masses? Yikes this tinfoil hat is tight.

Prem WatsApp

Don't wanna sound repetitive.

Prism is already in place.
And full unencrypted cloud backup to Google servers is the default setting / suggestion on Android. That includes Wi-Fi passwords and other sensitive data. Now you just have to tap it at the source to pwn...

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jupiter8

Check the founding of Google, the seed money. Not tin foil.

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LostOnThePianoRoll

Beings?

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Nate650

Love that photo.

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joshkelvin

Blackberry is still the giant in mobile security, screw Samsung or LG. I'm sure the US government will not make mistake by going for those low end manufacturers.

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cribble2k

Those low end manufacturers who produce products with better specs and features then blackberry, but at a non premium price?

I'll take my Nexus 5, with millions of native Android Apps, instead of going back to BB10, with it's crappy Android runtime.

caesarjung

Low end manufacturer?? Well. You must be kidding??

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BB10user07

I thought it would have been a apple but going with Android for white house makes my head spin.

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Jahcure

Agreed, android over iphone lololol just cannot believe it. if they were ditching BlackBerry I could see apple getting it but android. A couple weeks ago Israel found a vulnerability when they were testing knox?

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Popogagnon

Eh... typo? Title?

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LP_Rigg

Nothing surprises me by the "beings" in this WH. Consequences are never thought through. Android? National Security? Are you kidding me?

crackbrry fan

Not going to happen,it would be Apple as their alternative to BlackBerry, this is just policy, they must shop and check out the market. It's free market, in the end if they are really interested in a "secure" device the choice would be obvious.

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pauld19

You are all reading this wrong. It isn't a cell phone the White House is looking at. They are looking at washers and dryers built by Samsung and LG.

North-Face

They might be more secure than the handsets LOL

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tommynap01

Everyone could laugh and joke but the last laugh will be on blackberry

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martinjdub

The WH and other companies would be silly NOT to test the competition. As a BES Admin for a large government body, understanding what the competition offers is key and in terms of security, BlackBerry is King.

Nothing to see here...

North-Face

Just taking a shot in the dark here....but I don't think the testing is going to go well. BlackBerry is true tried and tested!

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jackpots

Contrary to the implications from BB, BB phones and not the only hardened devices approved bt DISA. The White House is now only coming on board because the chief is a BB fan. The change may be just a matter of time.

I was saddened today by this news, and then learning that BB sold off "most" of its real estate—some 3M sq ft. BB needs a little serendipity to capitalize on. Here comes the death of competition…

just_say_no_to_crack

Serves BBRY right. It's only taken 15 months for them to "almost" get their operating system to be on par with everyone else. They are supposed to be leading edge not bleeding edge. Just look at the 25 most needed improvements. If all of those could be implemented within 30 days (which ain't gonna happen), they would then be "on par" not ahead. Then throw in the fact that their "leading edge" Z30 phone is about to become a dinosaur (in wireless years) with no new replacement planned or announced. That is a recipe for failure. With everything the Chinny Chen Chen is talking about, they are still not "leading". There are a lot of Presidents now in charge of many divisions. They all better be working on delivering stuff that will blow us away and quickly. Apple and Android already have their consumer businesses flourishing. No wonder they have nothing else left to do but go after this one little sliver of cake that BBRY has left. It won't take long when those guys put an army of talented programmers on the case for them to out maneuver BBRY on the whole "security" thing. SO many problems, such little time.....

ChrisZavalaTech

Now this is interesting. I think that would be a huge mistake for them to even try to implement or move to another platform. We need to get Obama as a spokesman for blackberry someday

koool1

Testing android?

Lol

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John Kastanes

With our former vice president sitting on Apple's board expect iToys to flood the government. He has stock options he would like to be in the $ in addition to his multimillion board salary.

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Kevin Michaluk

Nice headline fail Adam. Begins. Not beings.

RyanGermann

It wasn't inaccurate! Just... oddly phrased!

Leave Britney (I mean Adam) alone!

rajbir01

Once these phones are implemented, the white house will be breached and all will be lost.

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playpen007

I'm so sick and tired with pumping negative articles about the USA government will dump BlackBerry phone for Asian brands. Every time there is a leaked news from the White House about testing other devices to replace BlackBerry, the media ran out like a stamped to pump this negative news about BBRY. Of course the White House has to test every devices that be sold in the USA, so that they don't get accuse of bias toward one manufacturer. If Germany government uses strictly BlackBerry for the most secure device, I don't think any differences with the US government for not using BlackBerry unless, they are looking for big trouble down the road. Just wait until testing is done, everything is still BlackBerry for the most secure device.

rinque85

The "most powerful people" that we think are important all use BlackBerry to relieve their CrackBerry urge.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-phones/10713864/Which-phone...

Dat Gui

I really hope they get hacked big time if they switch

nrkbb

BlackBerry can yell and scream that they are the most secure platform on the planet, but it will mean squat in the market if organizations such as WH and DOD head over to other platforms.

Perception is everything. And this is what BlackBerry needs to work on.

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KalKom Software

Horrible idea; let the NSA spy on itself by handing out Androids to the government.

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nelsonwolf81

This will never pass the second stage of testing. BlackBerry is the one and only secure front runner for any government and as long as BlackBerry stick to there guns about security no other device will be able to handle. #blackberryforever #blackberrysecure

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stickyiki

Android and secure should not even belong in the same sentence

bigsuededog77

I have BlackBerry Z10 & android Razor MAXX witch one I love the most is my BlackBerry why is have more security & faster browse then the android or Samsung, LG, Brand name iPhone. The government need QNX in all there car see how good technology is

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ndnoutlaw

The only reason I ever voted was because the white house used blackberry.

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ndnoutlaw

If the white house is this brilliant with blackberry in their grasp, can you imagine how dumb they will become with android in their palms? Dream come true for all the Spies of the world

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notafanboy

Testing android...lol. WSJ trying to help HF for max pain of $9 options. no testing going.

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nt300

This has been known for some time now. They've planned on using a variety of mobile platforms including BB10.
The difference is only BB10 and PlayBook are ATO certified. Android and iOS failed and keep failing. And even if they ever get approved, would you trust them?

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muddberry

Can't believe they are actually thinking of switching. Really!!!!

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RyanGermann

What's interesting to me is that a) these are not american companies and b) they're looking at Android, but not iOS. What is it that Android / Samsung / LG can do or offer to the WH that Apple can't?

FishhPoohh

Someone hook "Barry" up with a new Blackberry Q20. Merikans (myself included) can't have the Prez on a crappy unsecured Samsung or LG phone. I'm a dumb azz hillbilly and when I think phone security I think Blackberry, Not Samsung (TVs) or LG (washer and dryers)

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Xano

Massive players changing, same in Europe. They already loose the general consumers, now they are loosing the big sharks (+ 10.000 to 50.000) employers Companies, Governments....). Not good!

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rambo47

Is it not ironic that the White House is testing Samsungs and LG's, ignoring US companies like Motorola and Apple?

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Motorola no longer American, sold to Chinese Lenovo if the deal goes through.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Rootbrian

Just wait until a big leak to wikileaks happens. And someone mirrors the fucking shit out of that leaked information. TROLOLOLOL. Yes, it is gonna happen with all androids. Oh and did they NOT do any research about SDS? Yes! SUDDEN DEATH SYNDROME!! It affects both SAMSUNG and LG now, used to only be LG, now that Samsung fucked themselves over.. it's now Samsung too. What if an ENTIRE FLEET suddenly shut off for good when they were needed, all at once or in segments/phases? Damn!!! Never heard that happen with blackberry. Never will probably, unless of course... water damage and stupidity of putting the battery back in to further FUBAR it.

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@ Rootbrian

That is one funny, totally overboard comment.

Just imagine they're at war, and all the DoD phones are suddenly DeaD.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Bobert_123

I could see WP8, or maybe ios, buy android????? Have they lost their minds!?!

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omega supreme

The only reason i can think for them to test out androids is simply for the amount of apps available and growing. I highly doubt the military is implementing remote access and control over their drones using qnx or a blackberry device. At this point, it's more a matter of convenience than it is about security...
i'm sure the testing these White House "Beings" are doing involves some military level security apps. If they can approve those than i'm sure they will eventually do away with any and all blackberries....but of course, as soon as their phones get compromised (shouldn't take long), then they will go down to the vault and breakout their blackberries again.

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Kriilin Namek

I wonder if they're thinking about going Android because of the new capabilities in BES? That would be ironic, but not the end of the world for BB. In my personal experience, folks outside of IT usually only think about the devices, because that's what they know. There's a lot of coin to be made on the licensing side too.

mspace81

Exactly!! I'd hope the government would want to test out BES 10 MDM features. How else will they even know it works like they want. Also, a government issued device is so gimped u can barely do much on it besides make phone calls and read emails.

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Killjoyhere

Lol my Dad said Obama was switching to Samsung or LG. I accepted that until I actually read the article. How many average folks will will read the headline and think what my dad had thought.

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almey

Russian are watching, don't WH has bigger problems right now

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Rockland63

Nothing more than smoke and mirrors. The White House needs to do this to affirm the BlackBerry advantages. This will be good for BlackBerry.

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christoph77

BlackBerry will get this ;)

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Midgeone25

Android suffers from malware because it is open source. In an ideal world open source let's anyone access the code with the idea that they will use it for the benefit of others and not abuse it but unfortunately we don't live in an ideal world and making android secure will always be a headache

Tapping and flicking on my Zed 10

almey

Sorry I should say testing. I wonder why it didn't hit front page today.

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Bolderholder

If that's the direction they want to go...let 'em. It's a non issue.

Xadion

I read a nice article the other day how rooted phones are such a risk to companies and how your byod and even distributed phones must be strictly maintained.

Of course for whatever reason the government will be dumb and open themselves up for a big issue. BlackBerry will suffer at the loss of customers and image. They just need to survive until something bad happens and then jump in on it and save the day. Let us hope the inevitable leeks are not something that costs lives for the sake of having cool galaxy phones.

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Herbie52

They are trying to trick Obama into getting a phone the NSA can tap. Their first plan fell through when they tried to get him to play Angry Birds.

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mspace81

There are so many comments about Android and malware on here. As one person commented, how do we not know that they aren't testing these devices to use on BES 10. If BES 10 is supposed to be secure enough to manage all devices, why wouldn't the government test different platforms on BES 10. I have used BB10, Android, iPhone, windows, and palm. Each has their pros and cons. I have yet to experience any malware on my android devices. I am actually considering BES 10 Cloud Service for my business once it is made available, and I am very interested in learning how BES 10 handles managing other platforms, since I'll be using my Note 3.

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AtInsider

This has been DE-BUNKED!
UPDATE: Blackberry (BBRY)/White House Switching Rumors Create 'Misimpression'

QUOTE:
BlackBerry (Nasdaq: BBRY) is on watch after White House spokesman Jay Carney said, "The Executive Office of the President is not participating in a pilot program with regards to our handheld electronic devices."
Reports that the White House is switching from BlackBerry to Samsung or LG may have created a "misimpression," he added.

Comments follow rumors in WSJ Thursday that said the White House is testing Samsung and LG devices.
http://www.streetinsider.com/Trader+Talk/UPDATE%3A+Blackberry+%28BBRY%29...

Comfort4Ehsan

Android? Security?
Bin Laden? Peace Nobel?
Good Luck White House.

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musclevnl780

What's going on here? Is BlackBerry losing ground?

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Bacon Munchers

Well, if the conspiracy theorists are correct about the US government trying to destroy their economy (and all) then switching away from BlackBerry would be another Avenue of approach.

Mich Eche

Time for Russia and China to own White House.

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iBold9700

How can you move from the BlackBerry platform if security is of the utmost importance? BB10 is stable and secure, which is exactly what a government agency needs. Let's dismiss popularity in the consumer market and focus on popularity in the consumer market. Such an idiotic premise to even change teams. If they do move, let them remain on BES or face the lack of security in a Windows like OS!

BB10 > (Insert stale OS)

iBold9700

I meant to say popularity in the security market!

BB10 > (Insert stale OS)

mariosraptor

Let them switch and let's see if Russia will laugh more with the West after reading and listening to all they say.
Long live BlackBerry

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YTDW2000

Interesting this shift by the DoD away from BlackBerry comes on the heels of that Google mystery barge making the news.

Was that thing a DoD project all along? And how much more intrusive, one wonders, would owning an Android device be?

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kimoi

They better be using BES on their droids, if they ever pass their security test... at least the NSA will be delighted to hear this news.

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rob32

LG I know the USA are going down hill but LG the white house should stick with BlackBerry I think..

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Donald Blue

Silly White House.. Apple and Android is for kids!!!

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kennyiceberry

Is it just me, or does just "even months" of testing still seem like something of a short timeframe to ensure that a communications device to be used by the staff of The President of the United States is secure? I would have expected testing to go on for several months to a year and most likely a bit more.

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Naija_berryfan

Maybe the girls are feeling left out, all their friends are spotting cool iclones and iphones. Just because my dad's the president of the free world doesn't mean I don't have to use instagram and freaking facetime... duhhh

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Menesht12

Please don't leave BlackBerry haha.

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Douken

That's probably due to failure of advertising in the US market. No awareness means other things are cooler than old BlackBerrys...

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all3n7

if the white house use samsung. It will be the end of the world

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galebic

As far as I know, Samsung Knox testing was pulled off 26 ( twenty six) minutes into testing at the French telecom. It was supposed to last for 6 months.

So far about security of other platforms. On a scale from 1 to 5, in terms of security, BlackBerry is at 2.5, while all others are at mere 1. And that hasn't changed recently.

I'd call this article trolling.

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Black Ice

In light of the new headlines about being able to bind spyware to apps and sell those apps to the general public and Noooo Google would not know it's in the app store because it cannot be detected by Google and all this for under $300.00 the White House what's to do what???
Sorry I forgot the name of the machine but it really does exist and is quite simple remarkable to tell the truth and so all you guys who are hyping up the security settings in android phones don't know what you are talking about.
Also according to a spokes person at BlackBerry there is so much stacked software in android phones it too is an excellent opportunity to sneak spyware into a phone.
From what I see and from my own personal experience I would never use an android phone for anything remotely connected to the White House other than to post comments in the complaint box.
The battery life of those phones are a joke and become even more hilarious as you load more apps into them in many cases they become "Hot lines"!!!
I have had them rooted and that's were the problem really begins, Think ya gonna save battery by rooting? Think again, it may save some standby time but not enough to write home about and that too opens up a few back-doors to spyware.
This is a horrible idea that's only designed to put BlackBerry's reputation under because they will release a key to get into blackberries as they transmit messenger data to the NSA.
Well how can they when they don't even have a key?!?!?
BlackBerry will always be number one in security as far as I can tell because that's their number one focus which like a great meal it takes time to prepare which is probably one of the reasons why it took so long to bring BlackBerry 10 to market, you just don't rush perfection.

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Sorg644

Hope they use BB10... a shame to use an Asian company for the American politics... Long Live BB10

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abeurschgens

That is a shame....there is only handset platform which is secure for me...if the President were Canadian, I would expect it would be very different

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stlscott18

Cannot believe DOD is off BlackBerry. Maybe they have some extra security tools available that the rest of us do not get.

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Black Ice

@Richard Thanks. That's just what I needed to know and show. Androids have more holes than swiss cheese!
And our government wants to do what???
I think the guys in DC who think they can cut corners has more holes in head than swiss cheese too!
BlackBerry is still king!

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