Secure Androids set to deploy
A U.S soldier checks his cell phone while on patrol in Iraq in December. Smartphones are first being deployed to soldiers
February 3rd, 2012
05:31 PM ET

Secure Androids set to deploy

By Mark Milian

U.S. soldiers will be among the first to receive newly approved smartphones capable of capable of handling classified government documents over cellular networks,  according to people involved in the project.

The phones will run a modified version of Google's Android software, which is being developed as part of an initiative that spans multiple federal agencies and government contractors, these people said.

The smartphones are first being deployed to U.S. soldiers, people familiar with the project said. Later, federal agencies are expected to get phones for sending and receiving government cables while away from their offices, sources said. Eventually, local governments and corporations could give workers phones with similar software.

The Army has been testing touchscreen devices at U.S. bases for nearly two years, said Michael McCarthy, a director for the Army's Brigade Modernization Command, in a phone interview. About 40 phones were sent to fighters overseas a year ago, and the Army plans to ship 50 more phones and 75 tablets to soldiers abroad in March, he said.

"We've had kind of an accelerated approval process," McCarthy said. "This is a hugely significant event."

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  1. Richard

    Do you guys proofread? Typo in the first sentence.

    February 6, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
  2. Chris

    Good deal. IN before worthless Chinese propagandists vent their jealousy on our modern civilization.

    February 6, 2012 at 12:30 am | Reply

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