The U.S. Department of Defense will open its networks to smartphones and tablets from Apple and Android device manufacturers beginning in February of 2014, reports “AppleInsider” (

One component of the DoD’s plan will be to move away from its current BlackBerry standard and toward a more “platform agnostic” policy, integrating devices running Apple’s iOS as well as Google’s Android operating system. A DoD representative told “AppleInsider” that this does not mean a full abandonment of BlackBerry’s platform, as was the case with other large organizations such as Home Depot.