Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S4 has received the security approval from the US Department of Defense (DoD), thereby making it the first Android smartphone to gain the certification from the government. According to Yonhap reports, the handset maker announced that its Knox-enabled mobile devices have been approved by the Pentagon for government use.
The approval from the Pentagon means that the Galaxy S4 and future Knox devices can be used by U.S. government and military departments that tap into the Department of Defense networks. This approval is in line with a DoD announcement in February claiming that that it will open its communications networks to smartphones and tablets from Apple and Google by February 2014.
"We are very pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Defense has approved Samsung Knox-enabled devices for use in DoD networks," Samsung Mobile President JK Shin said in a statement. "This approval enables other government agencies and regulated industries such as health care and financial services to adopt Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. This is a significant milestone for Samsung as we work to grow our relationships within government and large corporate enterprises."
Also, recently, BlackBerry Q10 with a QWERTY keypad cleared the DoD approval enabling the use of BlackBerry 10 smartphones and PlayBook tablets for use. Definitely, this news is a boost to the struggling Canadian manufacturer, but it will have to make up with sharing its position in government with Samsung and Apple.
Earlier reports suggests that White House is ready to swap its fleet of BlackBerry smartphones for a more flexible option wherein employees can choose from Samsung's Galaxy range or Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. Now that, Samsung is certified for use within the Department of Defence is proof, there is strong evidence showing the growth of the Korean company. Also, the bring your own device trend has changed the BlackBerry only mentality in the US government.
Hence, Samsung, BlackBerry and Apple will have to fight over lucrative government contracts just as they do in the business world.