Dell Streak 5 certified for DOD personnel, is first Android device to be so
The Dell Streak 5 may be discontinued, but that doesn't mean people still aren't giving it the loving it deserves. Some of those people are like our best friend DJ_Steve, while others come from a completely different place, namely the Department of Defense's Defense Information Systems Agency.
The way the people there have chosen to show their love for the Streak 5 is by certifying the smartphone for use by the Department's people. This is the first time an Android device has been certified, by the way, which makes our special Streak even more appealing.
Of course, you might be remembering back to the EOL status of the Streak 5 and thinking, "Wait a minute! So what if they can use it now? It's been discontinued! They don't make any more devices!" Well, Dell has made a special (probably tax break related) exemption to that rule. As John Marinho explains,
Although the Streak 5 is no longer available commercially, Dell is supplying it to DOD because the military likes the form factor. [The Streak 5] includes a set of Android application interfaces designed to enhance the security of the device. Besides being able to transmit secure unclassified messages, the device can have its data remotely wiped in the event of loss or theft.
So, there you have it. You owners of the pocket tablet should be happy: you're as safe as can be![Slashdot] Thanks, Pete!