Blackberry Vs Apple: For many years, the Pentagon has been in love with Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) BlackBerry devices. They have relied on this company heavily, despite plenty of competition, including Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), hoping to get in on the action. Now, it appears that things within the Pentagon, at least concerning it choice of smartphone and tablet providers, may be changing.
BlackBerry is going to be facing a challenge from both Apple and Samsung in the near future.
Once Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) clears security testing, which is expected to happen in the next few weeks, the Pentagon will be able to purchase its smartphone and tablets.
In an area that was once dominated 100 percent by Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) BlackBerry, things have opened up quite a bit. This is another blow to BlackBerry as the company tries to regain its spot at the top of the industry.
Right now, there are more than 600,000 smartphone users in the Pentagon. Even more interesting is this: the majority of them are using a BlackBerry device.
As noted by The Guardian, the Pentagon “aims to have as many as 8m smartphones and tablets, under the terms of a scheme made public last November.”
An increase in purchasing like this is something that BlackBerry should be excited about. And while the company may still win the contracts to sell its devices to the US Defense Department, their work is cut out for them. Let’s face it: the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone is no slouch. The same holds true for devices offered by Samsung.
Here is what Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pickart, a Pentagon spokesman, explained to Reuters:
“We are working towards establishing a multi-vendor environment that supports a variety of devices and operating systems, to include Samsung, Apple and BlackBerry. A key objective of the plan is to establish a department-wide mobile enterprise solution that permits the use of the latest commercial technology such, as smartphones and tablets,” he added.”
As you can see, it is no secret that the Pentagon is moving in this direction.
Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) BlackBerry will have its chance to continue its dominance within the US Defense Department, but there is a good chance that some of the business could end up in the hands of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung.
What are your thoughts on this? Should the Pentagon leave well enough alone? Or should it consider devices from the competition?
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