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RIM is in trouble yet again because the U.S. military may just switch over most of their mobile devices to Apple’s iOS or Google Android devices.

blackberry mobile fusion U.S. military is looking into iOS and Android to power their agencies

RIM is in trouble yet again because the U.S. military may just switch over most of their mobile devices to Apple’s iOS or Google Android devices. 

The BlackBerry is currently the device of choice for Pentagon among other U.S. military branches.  RIM’s biggest customer is the U.S. military, but official within the military have already voiced their position on RIM’s BlackBerry platform not being able to keep up with current iOS and Android tech. 

Pilot programs employing platforms other than BlackBerry has already been implemented, and representatives from the Department of Defense (DoD) hope that it would improve information sharing and collaboration among the different branches of the military.

The Pentagon’s chief of information officer, Teri Takai, says that flexibility provided by non-BlackBerry platforms to develop custom applications is what makes the move to platforms such as iOS or Android so attractive.  Furthermore, the BlackBerry devices which the DoD currently employs does not emphasize enough mobility.

“People have been calling for this for years.  It’s acknowledging that the world is moving toward mobility and the department’s got to move in that same direction,” says Dennis Moran, vice president for Harris Corp. 

In addition to mobility and flexibility, third party software has also provided iOS and Android with solid security which is possibly the most important aspect of any military devices.  A Fixmo—third party software provider—Android Dell Streak device has already received warm welcomes by the military because it’s able to provide security, mobility, and flexibility.

RIM, as it should, is also making moves to make sure the U.S. military doesn’t abandon their platform completely.  The Mobile Fusion platform may be RIM’s savior as they claim that it can manage rival devices as well as their own BlackBerry products. 

Source: huffingtonpost.com