There was a time when the government and its institutions largely depended upon BlackBerry devices for their mobile communication needs. This was the case in many countries around the world. In recent years though, there have been a major shift. BlackBerry is gradually losing out on its strongest customer base to the likes of Samsung and Apple, who have already hammered it in the open consumer market. According to a new report by The Wall Street Journal, Samsung is negotiating device contracts with the U.S. Navy and a particularly large one with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Earlier this year Pentagon awarded security approval to Samsung for its mobile devices, this is going to be the first such deal for the company after receiving said approval. The report says that Samsung’s devices will come pre-installed with Knox, a security layer that Samsung unveiled earlier this year that separates personal and corporate data on a single device. BlackBerry’s latest flagship also received Pentagon’s security approval, but up till now there have been no reports of the new devices being inducted in major government departments.
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