Pentagon OKs Android for DoD Usage

The US Department of Defence (DoD) has approved the use of Android to access military networks, it has been revealed.

According to Stripes and Stars, The Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) issued by the Pentagon allows the use of Dell's version of Android 2.2 which is used only on Dell devices.

Incidentally, Dell has discontinued making the Android 2.2 powered Streak device, with the Venue being the only Dell smartphone running Android 2.2. The guide blocks the use of any other smartphone as it believes that Dell offers the desired security levels.

There are a few conditions set by the Pentagon to ensure that officials don't compromise the security. For example, officials using the Dell Android smartphone won't have access to the Android Market, which lets users download apps and games.

The Pentagon has also forbidden accessing classified information on the devices and users would have to use the DoD proxy in order to access the internet.

The main reason behind DoD choosing Android over iOS is that Android being open source, can be easily manipulated to include greater security applications and security requirements than iOS, because Apple tightly controls its iOS eco-system.