President Obama doesn’t necessarily like using his BlackBerry—he’s publicly admitted he prefers Apple’s iPhone—but because of its superior security, it’s been his go-to device for years.
BlackBerry ultimately doesn’t need to care whether Obama prefers Apple, as long as the US government is a happy customer, which it has been. But that may be slipping: despite recent talks with the White House to keep them using BlackBerrys, John Chen may lose out to Google’s Android.
This week The Wall Street Journal reported that The White House is testing smartphones from Samsung and LG Electronics for internal use.
Citing “a person familiar with the matter,” the WSJ reports that the devices are being tested by the White House’s internal technology team and the White House Communications Agency. However, there is no immediate threat to BlackBerry—quoth the WSJ:
The tests are in the early stages, the person said, and any implementation of Samsung or LG phones is still “months away.” There was no indication that Mr. Obama is switching from his modified BlackBerry.
The report was confirmed by a Defense Department spokesman, but Samsung declined to comment.
“We can confirm that the White House Communications Agency, consistent with the rest of the Department of Defense, is piloting and using a variety of mobile devices,” a Defense Department spokesman said. He declined to comment on the devices in the pilot test or in use at the White House.
A Samsung spokesman declined to comment on whether its phones were being tested at the White House. “We have seen strong interest from the government sector and are working closely with various agencies to deploy pilot programs,” he said.