UPDATED 14:39 EDT / DECEMBER 27 2011

Samsung Backtracks on ICS Updates as Android Gains Pentagon Approval

When reports of the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab not getting the Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich surfaced, users of said devices were outraged. Because of all the backlash received by Samsung Electronics, they’re rethinking things.

It was reported that the two Samsung devices mentioned aren’t getting ICS because of the existing TouchWiz software, which will make it impossible for ICS to work properly in the Galaxy S or Tab.  But now Samsung is said to be looking into ways on how they can deliver ICS for the Galaxy S and Tab, but since much tweaking needs to be done in order for that to happen, the update for both devices will probably come in late, and the Galaxy SII will probably get it sooner.

Another piece of good news for Fandroids is that Android’s received the Pentagon’s approval, in a small way. The Pentagon’s  latest Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) gave the thumbs up for Android 2.2 a.k.a. Froyo to be used in computer networks of the Defense Department.  But here’s the catch: not all devices running Froyo are Pentagon-approved.  So far the only device allowed for DOD use is the Dell Venue.  The Dell Streak would’ve been included but it’s now busy pushing daisies.  Here’s another drawback: DOD employees using the Dell Venue won’t be able to access the full Android Market, to keep from infesting their work phones with potentially dangerous apps.

According to Stripes.com, “There are other limitations as well. Classified information can’t pass through the phones, and web browsing must be done through a DOD proxy server to provide an extra layer of security between the device and the dangers of the open internet.”

Though there are issues that accompany Pentagon’s seal of approval, this is quite a big step for the Android platform, and it encroaches on a space that RIM’s dominated for some time.  And this is another “In your face, Apple!” moment for Android, as the Defense Information Systems Agency, which is responsible for overseeing safe use of devices on DOD networks, has not said when iOS might be approved for broad use, though the iOS is currently approved for testing and pilot projects in the DOD.

So if you’re a DOD employee and you want a Dell Venue to use at work, AT&T offers the device for only $0.99 with a two-year contract but if you don’t want to be tied down for two years, it is priced at $348.99 with a $50 promo gift card.

So as not to create any confusion, Dell Venue and Dell Venue Pro aren’t the same devices. The Dell Venue is an Android device while the Dell Venue Pro is a Windows based device that runs the Mango OS.  The Dell Venue Pro is offered by T-Mobile for $0.99 with a two-year contract.


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