The United States Army Special Operations Command has given a huge vote of confidence to Apple and its iPhone. It appears that the U.S Army is looking to embark on the process of “dumping its Android tactical smartphone” in favor of adopting the iPhone 6s in its place.
That move not only shows that the United States Army’s trust that Apple’s devices can handle the needs of those in that environment, but will also see the iPhone 6s becoming that device of choice for the Tactical Assault Kit. Reason behind switching from Android, specifically Samsung devices, is largely because the device’s aren’t reliable enough.
Nothing is final anyhow, and the move from Android to iOS has yet to be officially confirmed by the United States Army. However, the source behind this news reveal some fairly damaging words to say about the existing Android device – believed to be a variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note – that is in use by the Army’s Special Operations Command. To that extent, the source exactly said:
When trying to run a split screen showing the route and UAS feed, the Android smart phone will freeze up and fail to refresh properly and often have to be restarted, a process that wastes valuable minutes. It’s seamless on the iPhone. The graphics are clear, unbelievable.
Claimed that the existing units in use are prone to freezing up in important situations, and that the iPhone has proven itself to be a bit faster and smoother where it really matters. Taking the split screen situation as a perfect example of how the iPhone would directly benefit the United States Army. If this is going to happen, like what the source said, the U.S. Army move away from Android to iPhone will undoubtedly be going to disappoint Google a lot. There is a clear need for reliability, which they believe the iPhone provides is far better than Google’s open-source platform, Android and its hardware.
Once again speaking about freezing Android, which actually freeze up and apps will fall to refresh properly when viewing split screens with information on them. Then this forces the user to restart the phone, wasting valuable minutes. The same doesn’t happen with the iPhone, as its graphics are “clear” and “unbelievable”.
While the Tactical Assault Kit are specially made up of a system that links a smartphone to a connected network radio, allowing unit leader to keep track of their own locations and those locations of their troops on a digital map. In 2013, the Department of Defence indeed approved the use of iOS devices for military networks that came with various language modules installed to assist with talking and communicating with locals in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.
There is no official mention from the U.S. Army on this switch just yet, but sure if the suggestion is accurate that it will be working closely with Apple to make the iteration as seamless as possible.
(Source: DoD Buzz)