BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, and devices using Samsung's Knox for Android are now allowed on Defense Department networks.
The Saudi Arabian government is demanding three mobile services-- Skype , WhatsApp and Viber --comply with the country's regulatory requirements or risk being banned. The move is reminiscent of August 2010 announcements from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. At the time, the countries blocked Blackberry-to-Blackberry instant messaging.
The Defense Department issued several statements to the media March 21 in an effort to quell rumors that it was ditching BlackBerry devices in favor of iOS devices. The confusion stemmed from a March 7 Electronista report claiming DoD would stop testing BlackBerry 10 devices as a way to avoid $5 million in spending. (The article, which cited "well-placed sources" has since been updated .)
The Office of Personnel Management says it plans to issue a non-competitive contract award to Sprint Nextel in order to ensure continuity of wireless services. Sprint Nextel is the only suitable provider because the company has handled the contract over the past two years and installed proprietary telecommunications systems in the Theodore Roosevelt Building, says OPM.
Current policy doesn't ensure that employees have a business need for mobile connectivity, TIGTA says, adding that tax agency workers get a BlackBerry or air card " generally based on job series classifications."
A third of Americans who have visited a federal website have done so on a mobile device, according to figures released by the analytics company ForeSee and based on the American Customer Satisfaction Index. They largely did so on Apple products, ForeSee found.
All levels of government will accelerate mobile applications development in 2013, according to research from IDC Government Insights. However, IDC predicts that local governments will outpace federal and state government organizations next year. According to IDC, federal and state government in 2013 will continue to develop the majority of enterprise apps for BlackBerry, while local governments will create apps for Android devices, BlackBerry, and 25 percent for Windows devices.
The Homeland Security Department is seeking input on smartphone peripheral devices that officers can use to read travel documents, driver's licenses, cargo labels and biometric data, according to a DHS request for information. The RFI wants to know of connectivity for iPhones, Android devices and BlackBerry phones.
The National Transportation Safety Board says it will replace the BlackBerrys currently in use at the agency in favor of Apple iPhones. In a Nov. 13 notice posted to FedBizOpps, NTSB cited poor performance as the reason for the switch.
The Navy Department has closed between five and seven data centers so far as part of its effort to reduce its total down to 25 or below by 2017, departmental Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen told reporters Nov. 26. That the department has closed so far only 5 percent or less of the data centers it needs to doesn't mean that progress hasn't been made, Halvorsen said.