While iOS devices seem to be making a lot of headway in the medical field, it looks like Android will be the weapon of choice for the US military. According to reports, the Android-based Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) gadget is currently being tested and moving closer to being deployed to soldiers. Currently in prototype, the JBC-P is a device that runs a modified version of Android which is used to give soldiers their mission commands, provide maps, blue force tracking, tactical ground reporting and critical messaging. Soldiers will also have access to other apps like an address book and Open Office (though I doubt they’ll have any games to play while passing time).
The Army has also announced that over the summer they will be releasing a software development kit so that third party developers can also create apps that can benefit the soldiers. In addition to the JBC-P, the Army is also testing other smartphone technologies for use in the field but so far it looks like results have been going well, and it’s very likely that smartphones will become an important part of a soldier’s arsenal in the future.
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