Both Samsung and Apple are set to receive security approval from the U.S. Department of Defense very soon, according to a new report on the Wall Street Journal. To be more specific, officials at the Pentagon are looking to clear Samsung Galaxy smartphones with Samsung’s Knox software for use, as well as Apple iPhones and iPads with the latest version of iOS, iOS 6.
The WSJ report was quick to point out that the security approvals probably won’t translate immediately into huge sales for either of the two companies, and in fact Samsung itself made it known that it was well aware of this through a comment made by one of its executives. But ultimately, this was still a net positive due to it being a possible point of leverage to getting more security-conscious firms to sign up as new customers.
Currently, BlackBerry still holds the dominant position in the small U.S. defense sector market, with more than 78% of all commercial mobile devices “in operational and pilot use” being BlackBerry products. But things are likely to change in the future, though it probably isn’t going to happen any time soon.
For its part, BlackBerry is also seeking to get fresh approval for its new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone and the new BlackBerry 10 OS that comes along with it. It is said to be close to getting this much-needed approval, and will find out the DOD’s official decision some time in the next two weeks. Around this time, both Samsung and Apple are expected to be cleared by the DOD as well.