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Android gets stamp of approval – from the Pentagon

In keeping with it’s track record (if not the times) the Pentagon has mulled it over and decided that the Android operating system for mobile phones is pretty OK.

What that means is that the American Department of Defence (DoD) has decided that it is OK for its employees to use smart phones that use the Android system.

However, the DoD has limited the approval to Dell equipment running Android 2.2. Funnily enough, Dell recently discontinued its production of the Streak mobile phone that ran on the Android 2.2 system.

Instead Dell is now offering a sort of downgraded version of its Dell Venue phone.

All of this has left Apple gnashing its teeth, as the mobile giant has missed out on a potentially very big contract (the US DoD employs a total of more than three million people). It is, however, Apple’s own fault.

The company’s iPhone actively tracks the movement of the phone through embedded GPS chips. Not exactly the smartest thing, if someone were ever to figure out how to tap into the information.

Imagine James Bond’s enemies following his every move on a computer screen, just because he had the wrong mobile phone. Actually, with the current endorsement deals in the Bond movies, that scenario would actually be – sort of – realistic.

Bond: Yeah, they always know where I am, but what am I supposed to do? Steve Jobs would kill me if I threw away the iPhone he gave me and just used my old, tr

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Nokia exec plays the foot in mouth game

In a recent interview with Pocket-lint, Nokia exec Niels Munksgaard, director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales at the Finnish giant, went for the big boys in the smart phone market.

Niels Munksgaard went after both Apple and Google, saying that young people are “pretty much fed up with iPhones” and that the Google-developed Android system found on phones from producers such as Samsung and HTC left many users feeling frustrated.

“Many are not happy with the complexity of Android and the lack of security,” he said.

The article doesn’t say anything about where Niels Munksgaard has his information from, nor does it seem to ask two obvious questions:

The first is: since your phones’ operating system comes from Microsoft, aren’t you just a mobile minion laying on some trash talk for Bill Gates?

The second is: if the youth of today are really so tired of iPhones and Android then why are you finding it so hard to sell you own products?

Now my guess would be that the honest answer to the first would be yes and to the second would be ‘hrmmhmm, because their products are actually still better than anything we could come up with till the Nokia Lumia 800, which we then decided to market through TV-commercials that look like they belong on a TV-shopping channel in the 90’s?’

It really is a case of the pot calling the kettle names and an exec putting his foot in his mouth…