The New President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has ditched his personal Android smartphone in favor of something more secure as he takes his new role as 45th President of the US.
Trump’s insistence on taking to social media and posting out provocative, and occasionally simply offensive, tweets has shown the world that he has a penchant for Android over other smartphone platforms as his tweets on the move usually come from “Twitter for Android.”
He may still choose to carry his Android, but being POTUS comes with the need to be more security conscious. It shouldn’t really come as any great surprise that the United States government requires its elected officials to have communication tools that are deemed secure.
Even less so when you consider that we are talking about Donald Trump here, who is undoubtedly one of the most divisive public figures of recent times who is loved and adored by his supporters, but condemned and vilified by pretty much everyone else on the planet. That type of relationship with the wider world makes him a prime target for cyber attacks and hacking, meaning his smartphone is now a matter of national security.
Although we know he has had to move away from his usual device, we don’t actually know what he has moved across to, or what he will be using on a daily basis. In a similar fashion, when Barack Obama took residency in The White House he too had to part company with his beloved BlackBerry device, well at least on a personal level. Former President Obama was provided with a device that was so secure he once quipped to Jimmy Fallon that it “doesn’t take pictures, you can’t text, the phone doesn’t work, you can’t play your music on it.”
At the moment, the US government approves certain devices on iOS and Android for official government use, so it’s actually very possible that President Trump has simply moved away from one particular brand of hardware running Android to another which is deemed more secure.
Given Trump’s long-running addiction to jumping on Twitter before considering the magnitude of the madness that he is about to spew out, it’s only a matter of time until we see which platform his latest tweets are posted from.
(Source: The New York Times)
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