LG gains NSA certification for G4

This story was written originally for ZDNet Korea on Aug. 6, 2015.

LG Electronics announced Thursday that its flagship G4 smartphone has received NSA certification for US government use in managing classified information clearing the way for the South Korean tech firm to supply it to government agencies there.

In November last year, a slew of US security agencies gave LG’s G3 smartphone the security stamp of approval, including Defense Information systems Agency, Security Technical Implementation Guide, as well as the National Security Agency.

The last few generations of LG flagships, including the G3 and the G4, come with major security features made by LG, including the Knock Code security lock and Kill Switch. The South Korean tech giant also offers GATE enterprise security solution for the devices.

LG GATE is an enterprise-grade technologies package that provides secure communication for IT managers and employees, the company said.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is a hot trend, especially in the US, providing secure communication on remote management devices is becoming an important salable point.

Security certifications might not be a buy factor for the average consumer, but it does open up opportunities for LG to gain new enterprise clients in the US looking for an Android device that doesn’t compromise on security

The approval by the NSA also allows LG to tout its devices as reliable to other nations.

The G4 specs include an Android 5.1 Lolipop OS, features a 5.5-inch QHD display screen, a 16MP f/1.8 camera and 3GB RAM and its recognizable leather-coated plastic case.

In a performance evaluation conducted by Consumer Reports in July, the G4 scored 78 out of 100 and ranked higher than the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6, an LG spokesperson said.

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