According to some sources familiar with the subject, Samsung is on its way to take the place of Canadian manufacturer Blackberry as supplier for mobile devices for the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. This means a total of 35 000 employees,however it is not known yet if they want to replace all BlackBerry Inventory or just some of it with Samsung devices.
No official statements were made by either FBI officials, nor Samsung or Blackberry, however a Blackberry representative did make a discrete statement that their OS is the best at security features by saying:
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“The security of mobile devices is more important now than it has ever been before” “It is fair to ask why in this context anyone would consider moving from the gold standard in security, which is the BlackBerry platform.”
The deal with Samsung may be pushed ahead by the clearance that the Pentagon gave Samsung in May for their Android mobile devices to be used on the Defense Department Network.
If Samsung manages to sign this big FBI contract it be the basis for a whole new market to explore, those of businesses that need secure mobile devices and have been using Blackberry until now. However Android is not yet there, as it doesn’t seem to be secure enough, so Samsung doesn’t have much choice as they cannot modify the OS because they don’t own it.
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