A secure tablet running on Android is introduced for government bodies
IBM comes forth with a secure Android tablet in partnership with Samsung and Blackberry to offer a secure tablet for the use of government officials. This is made possible by an encryption chip designed by Blackberry.
The news of IBM coming up with a secure Android based tablet for the government bodies is good news after Blackberry has virtually lost its market share and hence, the slot for a principal provider of secure mobile devices is left empty for a while now. This venture has been taken up by IBM in partnership with Samsung and Blackberry. Indeed, the encryption technology is being provided by Blackberry while Samsung will provide the tablets required to run the secure Android operating system in such devices.
It is being called the SecuTablet which is a modified form of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5. It is bundled with the right security management tools and comes with a hardware encryption module. Offered by IBM, it has left many wondering whether IBM is entering the market of mobiles devices and smartphones. While its entry in the mass market segment is uncertain, IBM has definitely tapped the market for secure mobile devices which was initially catered to by Blackberry.
As the latter is unable to hold its forte alone, it makes sense that the software giant collaborate with the right partners to make such devices a reality for the government officials who seek security and privacy for their devices. This particular line of Samsung modified Android tablets is set to be sold this summer. These will feature additional security capabilities and will be sold to government agencies mainly. The tablet has been developed by IBM and Secusmart, a government department acquired by Blackberry last year.