From now on US soldiers will be armed with Android

From now on US soldiers will be armed with Android
The US Army has been testing a fully online army for almost 16 years now, and finally after those long years, the project is ready for rollout this October when American soldiers will go to fight equipped with a data network and the... Motorola Atrix. The Android-based handset might not be the most contemporary fit, but it’s a full-fledged smartphone and it’d be a good asset for letting commanders and soldiers know where the forces are located in real time and organize better. It's also telling that the army preferred the versatility of Android over the closed ecosystem of iOS or Windows Phone.

Commanders can warn soldiers about dangers moving their way and a new icon will pop up on the map of the fighter’s device. The same warning could come from the soldier for its captain.

“This is a capability we have never, ever been able to provide,” Brigade General John Morrison, one of the people making the Army data network happen said.

The 3rd and 4th Brigade Combat Teams of the 10th Mountain Division, and this means between 1,200 and 1,400 soldiers, will be able to benefit from the system starting from October in Afghanistan.

source: Wired


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58 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

US soldiers are smart :)

11. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

also t.r.o.r.i.s.t.s

36. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

you're the only troll here and dissing our men and women in uniform.

40. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Maybe we will start seing those "Gun apps" being used by terrorists. Ill just use my "Lightsaber app" to counter their bullets.

19. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Lol yep. I can imagine hipster soldiers running around with iPhones. They'd have to have 3 otterboxes a piece though. :P

20. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

But they should really have considered a phone with even more Battery like the Razr Mazz as they are really gonna need the phone to run for longer and it is true that they won't find the charger or a socket every day..!

22. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

They are but not because they use android! This may prove to be a very dumb move!!!

2. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

So,Now dare you say the android platform is insecure and fragmented?

12. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Stock security and fragmentation are of no concern to organizations that are going to lock everything down anyway. The only reason why an organization like the Army would go with Android is because they can change it to fit their needs. Basically, Linux based systems can be fully customized (with development) to be as secure as you want it, but that doesn't mean it comes very secure when you buy it from the store.

24. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

exactly why Android OS is the best OS in the world. It works just about everywhere, for any device. Mobile, appliances, Glasses, Car stereos, you name it... Google nailed it! It's like Windows but for every device, not just PCs.. Google has something special with Android and nobody can stop them! Which is good because nearly everything cool Google offers is free to consumers, that is a company I like backing!

18. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

Army better use open source because they can build their own security system. Why would they trust Canadian company or ios security if they don't know the person behind it

3. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Its the Atrix because of the fingerprint scanner.

5. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Also because of the 1930mAH battery!

29. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Yeah this phone is pretty good... Until it rains and then it's game over. Should have got a rugged phone with actual mil specs.

37. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

that's why i bought my Atrix :) finger senor should be on all motorola phones. just saying

4. ilia1986 unregistered

US Army always chooses the best of the best. :D

23. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

Which is why they went with iOS first!!! Look it up!!!

26. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Okay, so if iOS is the best, why are they now going with android? Usually the reason to switch is because what you have doesn't fit your needs or there is something better. On the reasoning for not going with the Razr Maxx, I wonder if it had to do with non removable batteries. Carry a few extras with you & swap out when they die if you're in an area where you're not going to see an outlet for several days.

27. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

yeah, and then left it behind.. lol..

30. ilia1986 unregistered

Every masterpiece has it's rough draft.

33. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

Android is the worst!!! How can you defend that crap?

38. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Any proves?

39. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

If Android is the worst, why is it that the best and most respected men and women we have to offer are now using it? The way I see it, the best deserve the best, and Android is the best they'll get. As a former soldier, it is always nice to see the military adopt a new form of secure communication or technological innovation to help strengthen their forces. There is much more to be done with Android from a tactical and technological standpoint than there is with an Apple product. Without open-source software and less restriction in the system, the phone would be unsuitable and ill-equipped to handle what the military expects of it. In other words, Android does what Apple doesn't. The Army has spoken.

58. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

Then I guess android is a rough draft because it is at the bottom of the totem pole. I would rather have a whackberry than a laggy andddddddddrrrrrrrooooooiiiiiiiidddddd!

6. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Since the military is so accustomed to paying higher, overly inflated prices for supplies and equipment, I'm surprised they didn't go with Apple! John B.

8. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Ur right LOL.

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I wonder which Atrix they chose. Maybe by the time the rollout happens, it'll be he Atrix 3.

9. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

I'm 1st BCT Warriors 10th Mountain. I have heard about this going on in the army but didn't know 10th mountain was starting this up...

10. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

FYI, it's 'Brigadier" General not "Brigade".

13. Robert235

Posts: 70; Member since: May 30, 2010

Army slogan "In Google we Trust".I bet their android gonna have drone control app.Im sure if they went with apple,their location would be sold to terrorist.

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