White House Testing LG, Samsung Devices – Could Obama Leave BlackBerry? [UPDATED]

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Barack Obama has been a long time BlackBerry user. Even after being elected President of the United States back in 2008, Obama has been able to keep his BlackBerry one way or another. This BlackBerry has been a topic of a lot of debate, but that could be changing soon. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, the White House is currently testing Android smartphones from LG, and Samsung to be used internally in the future. Of course, to the general tech media, this means Obama is ditching his BlackBerry, which is unlikely to be the case.

The report, written by long time BlackBerry-critic Will Connors, is the latest attempt at literally finding anything remotely bad to talk about regarding BlackBerry in order to put the company in a bad light. The White House has not switched to Android, a new device hasn’t been built for the President – a device which would have to be so insanely secure, I’m not even sure Google themselves could build it. They are just “testing” these devices. To that I say, let them test.

According to the report, “tests are in the early stages, and any implementation of Samsung or LG phones is still “months away.” There was no indication that Mr. Obama is switching from his modified BlackBerry.”

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has already made his pitch to the White House, so it’s only fair that other companies get to do so as well. I’m confident in the end, the level of security needed for the living quarters of the most powerful man in the world, will require a BlackBerry presence in someway. Be it on the device end, or on the BES side.

Don’t tell The Verge that though. They’re assuming Obama has a new Android device already.

[UPDATE]

BlackBerry has issued a statement regarding White House testing:

“We value the long-term relationship we’ve had with the White House and have been securing their mobile communications for more than a decade. The U.S. government requires the highest levels of security. We were the first mobility platform to receive the ‘Authority to Operate’ certification from the Department of Defense.

Governments test new technologies frequently, but nevertheless the U.S. government continues to choose BlackBerry for its unmatched security and cost effectiveness. Other vendors such as Samsung and LG still have a long way to go to catch up to meet the government’s stringent requirements and certifications. BlackBerry’s operating system has already received the highest security approvals from the United States, Great Britain and NATO, and our latest operating system, BlackBerry 10, is already certified for high-security users in various NATO countries.”

The Washing Post has added to this report as well:

“A White House spokesman said that the Executive Office of the President is not involved in any pilot program for testing non-BlackBerry phones and that there is nothing new to share about the president’s BlackBerry.”




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