Pentagon to Deploy 100K iOS and Android Devices in 2013

Posted in Apple News, iOS on 27/02/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler


The Pentagon is getting friendlier with iOS and Android devices, and plans to open up their networks to 100,000 such devices this year – which serves as a swift slap in the face to BlackBerry, who used to OWN the enterprise and government device market. The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed the news in a statement released earlier today. The news confirms previous reports suggesting a move away from BlackBerry within the department.

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Bloomberg reports (via 9to5Mac):

The U.S. Defense Department said today it will begin opening its communications networks by next February to mobile phones and tablet computers from Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG)

The move may pose a threat to BlackBerry (BBRY)’s dominance at the Pentagon, which has more than 450,000 of the company’s devices. BlackBerry has lost market share to competitors and seeks to make a comeback with its new BlackBerry 10 phone. The device will go on sale in the U.S. next month.

Android and iOS devices are becoming increasingly popular with government agencies and large corporations. In particular, iOS devices have seen a massive increase in attention from all manner of corporations – from Halliburton to Home Depot. iOS devices now account for well over half of all devices in enterprise use.  The Pentagon becomes the latest in a string of U.S. agencies (including the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to make the move away from BlackBerry products in favor of iOS devices.

The department plans to create a specialized app store for military-purpose apps, and hire a contractor to build an infrastructure for distributing those apps among government employees. While BlackBerry still holds the dominant share of devices for the Pentagon (of 600,000 total devices, only 100,000 are Android and iOS-based), but this is likely to be the first of many moves which could change BlackBerry’s place in all that.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.