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US Department of Defense approves of Dell's Streak 5 tablet

by Doug Drinkwater

November 1 2011

Dell’s discontinued Streak 5 tablet has become the first Android device to get official certification for use by the US Department of Defense (DOD).

Dell’s Joe Ayers announced the news in a company blog post, in which he said that the firm had worked closely with Good Technologies to secure the OS so that military personnel could securely access email, documents, business applications and a partitioned section of Android.

New security features were added and these include remote swipe and the ability to lock-out users after successive unsuccessful password attempts. IT departments can also remotely control an array of security settings.

Content can be sent from the DOD’s Microsoft Exchange-based servers and network operation centers to the Streak, via Good Technologies’ mobile device manager.

Dell discontinued the Streak 5 during last year, due to the notion that the form factor was ‘not ideal for consumer use’. Although Dell has stopped making the device, the firm has continued software development and introduced security improvements to the Android architecture.

Dell recently launched a new Windows 7 tablet, the Latitude ST.

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