Nov 01 AT 4:14 PM Dustin Earley 18 Comments

First Android phone cleared by Pentagon for government use? The Dell Streak 5

dude you're getting a dell streak

This is the kind of news you really can’t (or, should I say, don’t want to) make up. The Defense Information System Agency has just cleared the first ever Android device for use with secure unclassified communications. And it’s none other than the discontinued Dell Streak 5.

Armed with enhanced security features like remote wiping, device lockdown after too many incorrect password input attempts and remote access to “peripherals and security policy levels,” the DISA has been preparing the Dell Streak 5 for this moment for over a year now. Originally chosen in September of 2010, drafts of the Streak’s certification were started this summer.

So why did the government decide the Froyo Android 2.2 powered 5-inch slate was the device for them? According to, the military “likes the form factor.” If government and military personnel are lucky, by this time next year they just might be using something as powerful as the Sidekick 4G. Or Cliq 2.

In all seriousness, it’s nice to see Android devices finally being cleared for government use. Back in the middle of October, it was outed that the NSA is working with Google to create a hardened kernel that would allow Android to be cleared for use with classified communications. The Dell Streak is not a part of that project. The new high security version of Android is expected to launch sometime next year. Until then, government workers, “Dude, you’re getting a Dell.”

Via: Gizmodo

Source: Defense Systems

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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    Text message received …. open text from president.. force close! Restart phone, text is gone. 2hrs after war starts, another text from Pres… why you attacked!? I sent a text not to fire!

  • Steve

    Um, who the hell did the Photoshop work on the article picture. That dude’s hands/thumbs/DELL Streak are horrifying!

    • BiG MERF

      LMAO. His thumb does look crazy

    • Angie Strickland

      Just going for a laugh, haha.

      • Matthew H

        You made me laugh, thanks for going for it and making my day a little happier :)

    • Dustin Earley

      That’s not how you hold your phone?

  • dethduck
  • iamXiV92a

    Is that why there was an official leaked Gingerbread ROM found on Dell’s ftp?

    • Dustin Earley

      The government gets Gingerbread, but not consumers.

  • Nathan

    It had to start somewhere right?

  • Surrealistwave

    Wow, this is what the feds are spending our tax money on, antique android devices

  • ben dover

    the dell streak is the last device any of us would choose. it’s the first the government chose. go figure…

  • Marcus

    I find this somewhat funny for some odd reason. I wonder why the government would choose the Dell Streak for its form factor… I think there’s something else… hmm… lol

  • The_Diz

    It’s funny that the Pentagon can field things like invisibility cloaks and other crazy tech the rest of us won’t see for decades, but they can’t clear a shitty smartphone until way after it’s end of life date has come and gone.

  • Daniel

    What a joke.

    Dell Streak 5.
    -Worst gorilla glass ever.
    -Worst camera.
    -They used double sided tape.
    -Very low volume.
    -Etc,etc…. no device is perfect but this is a total joke.

  • heidolow

    It is simple as to why they chose this phone really, it is the heaviest phone on the market, which means it doubles up as something you can crack somebody over the head with :)

  • pritams

    It’s the beginning…

  • amno

    the reason its chosen will never be disclosed. All the users of dell streak are those looking for a unique exp. THe dell is really unique but I think newer model of smartphone have catch up now.

    It has got everything thing packed in a 5 inch box and solid. My friend dropped his at least 6 to 7 time and only now he found leakage in the LCD.