Army Special Operations Command Reportedly Switching From Android to iPhone

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command is looking to switch from Android smartphones for its Tactical Assault Kits to iPhones, according to Military.com's DoDBuzz. The switch away from Android, and specifically Samsung devices, is largely because the devices aren't reliable enough.

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The iPhone is “faster; smoother. Android freezes up” and has to be restarted too often, the source said. The problem with the Android is particularly noticeable when viewing live feed from an unmanned aerial system such as Instant Eye, the source said.
Specifically, Android will freeze up and apps will fail to refresh properly when viewing split screens with information on them. This forces the user to restart the phone, wasting valuable minutes. The source tells DoDBuzz that the same process is "seamless" on the iPhone and that the graphics are "clear" and "unbelievable."

The Tactical Assault Kits are made up of a system that links a smartphone to a connected network radio, allowing unit leaders to keep track of their own locations and the locations of their troops on a digital map. It's unclear which version of Android or which Samsung device the Army was using in the Tactical Assault Kit. In 2013, the Department of Defense approved the use of iOS devices for military networks.

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38 months ago
This is a story that made me smile today.


Specifically, Android will freeze up and apps will fail to refresh properly when viewing split screens with information on them. This forces the user to restart the phone, wasting valuable minutes. The source tells DoDBuzz that the same process is "seamless" on the iPhone and that the graphics are "clear" and "unbelievable."


In all honesty I'm amazed they ever went with Android. It's always had performance implications, so why would you ever take the risk of these glitches affecting operations that can literally mean the difference between life and death?
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38 months ago

And iPhone support forums are literally ghost towns since they work perfectly, right? :rolleyes:

iPhones have their fair share of bugs, freezes, etc. I have about a dozen long-standing issues that Apple apparently doesn't want to fix.


I never commented on the iPhone software, only Android. iPhones are not perfect by any means. But there software is way more reliable and consistent then Android. And yes, unfortunately I was an Android user for years. It takes someone to use Android first, to truly appreciate iOS.
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38 months ago

The source tells DoDBuzz that the same process is "seamless" on the iPhone and that the graphics are "clear" and "unbelievable."

I would very much hope they want graphics that are clear and very believable. No pink ponies showing up on the display.

The Tactical Assault Kits are made up of a system that links a smartphone to a connected network radio, allowing unit leaders to keep track of their own locations and the locations of their troops on a digital map.

Ah, that explains Apple's new Find My Troops™ feature in the latest iOS betas.
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38 months ago
You get what you pay for. SIMPLE.
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38 months ago

This is a story that made me smile today.



In all honesty I'm amazed they ever went with Android. It's always had performance implications, so why would you ever take the risk of these glitches affecting operations that can literally mean the difference between life and death?


I carry a Galaxy S7 Edge and it freezes more often than my iPhone 6S Plus on Beta. It is a good phone, but iOS is just more stable.
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38 months ago
Be safe out there, military men and women! :apple: :cool:
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38 months ago
Android software freezing up?? What a shocker. Their software is junk and bloated.
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38 months ago
Background info:

Years ago, the Army bought about 7,000 Samsung Note 2s to be used as the chest mounted display for the Nett Warrior system.

The Notes were wiped (so no bloatware as some have speculated) and the NSA-derived Knox security kernel was installed.

Besides having the only approved secure OS at the time, the Note also of course had a large screen. The iOS flagship at the time was the iPhone 5 with a smaller 4" display. Now the rumor is that they intend to buy the newer and larger screen iPhone 6s.

The Android or iOS app has to communicate with the soldier's radio over USB. No cellular, WiFi or Bluetooth allowed. I believe using the USB port on iOS requires getting an Apple MFI license.

The military applications are developed in house by the Army, and at an Air Force Research Lab.



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38 months ago

Android software freezing up?? What a shocker. There software is junk and bloated.

And iPhone support forums are literally ghost towns since they work perfectly, right? :rolleyes:

iPhones have their fair share of bugs, freezes, etc. I have about a dozen long-standing issues that Apple apparently doesn't want to fix.
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38 months ago

I hope you realize iPhone apps crash just as much as Android apps. The main difference is Android alerts you of the crash, iOS does not.


Source? And fair warning, if you quote one of those stupid Crittercism studies, then you've already lost this argument.
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