Even Barack Obama may get rid of his BlackBerry

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The White House is testing alternatives to the long-time favorite smartphone of President Barack Obama, reports the Wall Street Journal. If Obama does switch to an Android-based phone, from BlackBerry, it would be a major blow for the ailing Waterloo, Ontario-based company.

Two models reportedly being tested by the White House are from Samsung and LG. Samsung has been working to make its phones uniquely attractive to business and government customers with its SAFE devices, which it claims are secure from intrusion.

One reason a presidential switch to a new phone could be particularly devastating for BlackBerry—and a boon to whichever handset maker follows—is the fact that Obama appears to be no less addicted to his smartphone than the majority of his constituents.

Here’s a brief tour down memory lane—thanks for the memories, iconic presidential BlackBerry.

President Barack Obama, with daughter Malia, right, goes shopping at a small bookstore, One More Page, in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. He referred to shopping list on his Blackberry phone.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
While shopping at a bookstore in Arlington, Va., Obama refers to a list of books stored on his BlackBerry. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
X in the first half of an NCAA basketball game between Oregon State and Towson in Towson, Md., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Obama checks an important presidential email while attending an NCAA basketball game. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
President Barack Obama drops his BlackBerry while walking to greet well-wishers after he steps off Air Force One as he arrives in Memphis, Tenn., for private meetings with families affected by the flooding and to deliver the commencement address at Booker T. Washington High School, Monday, May 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Obama drops his BlackBerry on concrete in Tennessee. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
FILE - In this June 3, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama uses his BlackBerry e-mail device as he walks at Sidwell Friends school in Bethesda, Md. Call him the Digital Candidate: President Barack Obama has asked supporters to use Facebook to declare “I’m in” for his re-election campaign and has begun using Twitter to communicate with his nearly 9 million followers. If Obama broke new ground using email, text messages and the Web to reach voters in 2008, Obama version 2.0 aims to harness the expansive roles that the Internet and social media are playing now in voters’ lives. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Obama laughs at an email in June 2010. Perhaps it was from then chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama hands his BlackBerry to aide Reggie Love before he speaks about health care reform at the Walter F. Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center in Strongsville, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, Monday, March 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
About the only time Obama is without his BlackBerry is during speeches. Here he is handing it to aide Reggie Love. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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