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.
Verizon Wireless is rumored to be announcing new devices soon, which are likely to include the new Droid lineup and quite possibly the Moto X as well. But those are all high-end premium Android devices. The carrier is said to be launching a low-end Android device as well, called LG Enact. Purported press shots of this device have been leaked online by @evleaks. This particular source has a pretty solid track record of revealing information about devices before they’re formally announced. It is not know for sure right now exactly when Verizon launches the LG Enact.
As previously mentioned, the LG Enact is going to be a low-end device. According to AndroidPolice, the device is going to be powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 or S4 Plus processor with an Adreno 305 GPU. It supposedly have a 800×480 pixel resolution display. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi. The LG Enact is expected to run Android 4.1.2. There’s something on this device that sets it apart from the rest. It has a physical menu button, not quite something you see on Android devices today. Pricing and availability information is not available at the moment.