Can Apple and Google Win This New Market?

Once the go-to mobile device for modern business professionals, the BlackBerry line from Research In Motion (NASDAQ:BBRY) has taken a back seat to other manufacturers, who can now offer similar services on their respective platforms.

The BlackBerry OS was once heralded as secure and stable, and as a result, favored by large businesses and government agencies who would employ the BlackBerry smartphone for their employees. However, a string of companies — including Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) and Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) — have dropped BlackBerry, and instead allow employees to use their own devices for business purposes. The latest organization to make this switch is the U.S. Department of Defense.

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The Pentagon put out a news release this week announcing a “commercial mobile device implementation plan” that would allow Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android devices to be used on its communications networks come February 2014.

“It is going to a multi-vendor policy from an approach that was highly centered on BlackBerry devices,” as Forbes explained…