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Donald Trump steps into a high-security ring, ditches Android for smartphone for a “potentially modified iPhone”

After taking oath as the 45th President of the US, Donald trump ditches his android smartphone for a "potentially modified iphone" due to security reasons

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New York, Jan 21, 2017: As Donald Trump stepped into a high-security ring after he took the oath to become the 45th US President, one of the things he was forced to do was to ditch his Android smartphone for a “potentially modified iPhone”.

According to a report in the New York Times, Trump traded in his Android phone for a secure, encrypted device approved by the US Secret Service with a new number that few people possess.

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The new device is reportedly to safeguard the US President from potential threats posed by hackers gaining access.

According to a report in Appleinsider, Trump may follow in the steps of his predecessor Barack Obama who was the first US president to carry a cellphone — initially starting with a modified BlackBerry and later migrating to an iPhone.

Last year, Obama said the device given by Secret Service to the President came stripped of all features and heavily modified to ensure his safety.

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“It does not take pictures, you cannot text, the phone does not work … you cannot play your music on it,” Obama had said of his own government-approved smartphone last year.

Similarly, Trump’s new device is likely to be similar to that of Obama’s.

It is possible to lock down an Android phone by enabling full-disk encryption or writing a customised version of Android.

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But an iPhone is a simpler option. Full-disk encryption is on by default in iOS 8 and later and any device with a Touch ID sensor also has a Secure Enclave that makes even physical hacking difficult without a warrant.

This week Trump was forced to abandon his cherished “Trump” 757 aircraft for an Air Force jet, the New York Times said. (IANS)

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Android Outpaces iOS In Smartphone Loyalty: Report

iPhone owners were found to be more loyal than Android users in 2013 but the trend shifted the following year and Android has risen ever since

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  • Android has more loyal users than iOS
  • The loyalty is at an all-time high
  • The highest loyalty rate is 91%

Android continues to have more loyal users than the ones using the iOS Operating System (iOS), a new report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) said on Friday.

“Loyalty for both Android and iOS increased in 2015 and into 2016, when it levelled off for both Operating Systems,” Mike Levin, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP, was quoted as saying by MacRumors.

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Android OS saw a 91 percent loyalty rate in 2017 compared to 86 percent for iOS, with loyalty rates for the two Operating Systems remaining largely steady since early 2016.

“Loyalty is also as high as we’ve ever seen, really from 85-90 per cent at any given point. With only two mobile Operating Systems at this point, it appears users now pick one, learn it, invest in apps and storage and stick with it,” Levin added.

The report is based on quarterly surveys with a sample of 500 subjects each.

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Android loyalty has hovered at 89 to 91 percent since January 2016, while iOS loyalty has been between 85 and 88 percent.

Both Google and Apple have now become focused on services as they try to extract larger revenues from their respective user bases, according to TechCrunch.

Android has more loyal users that iOS.
iOS loyalty rate has decreased through the years here its counterpart’s has only increased.

OS loyalty for the year was measured by the percentage of customers that remained with each OS when activating a new phone over the 12 months ending in December 2017.

iPhone owners were found to be more loyal than Android users in 2013 but the trend shifted the following year and Android has risen ever since.

Meanwhile, the iPhone maker has been regularly aiming to lure Android users to iOS through trade-in options and a “Switch” website dedicated to explaining all of the reasons why the iPhone is better than competing smartphones, according to CIRP. IANS