In a move that will hopefully inspire a long overdue Donald Rumsfeld-related rant from Jan, the Pentagon is to open its networks to Android and iOS devices by next February.
While the move obviously doesn’t affect you and I in any direct way (unless you’re a Jack Bauer-style agent), it’s relevant because it’ll upset The Artist Formerly Known as RIM.
At present, the Pentagon has more than 600,000 devices out and about, with a whopping 470,000 thought to be of the BlackBerry variety.
And while there are some 41,000 iOS products and 8,700 Android beasts, they aren’t connected to the Pentagon’s network just yet - 'cept for testing purposes. That’ll come next year, presumably at the expense of BlackBerry.
“This is not simply about embracing the newest technology –- it is about keeping the department’s workforce relevant in an era when information accessibility and cybersecurity play a critical role in mission success,” whispered Teri Takai, the department’s chief information officer.
Interestingly, the Bloomberg report suggests that the Pentagon will also create a military mobile app store, eventually supporting as many as 8 million devices. Presumably, like Amazon, it’ll boast a Free App of the Day; Call of Duty: Black Ops or whatever.