That’s right folks, our favorite platform will be helping the US Army out in the near future. The platform was chosen by the US Army in order to power their smartphone which will be hitting the troops in a while. This was made as an effort to help the soldiers on the battlefield to stay connected at all times and to be honest, Android seems like a pretty solid choice for the task. The Google’s Android platform has already seen itself modified into a version for the Army which has been developing a prototype named at the time the “Joint Battle Command-Platform”.
Obviously there are some issues which I’m concerned with and the most important one is the fact that – is Android secure enough to serve in a military environment? I know that the operating system recently won an award as being the most secure operating system out on the market, yet that was received after the platform received some severe blows from some malware which sneaked its way to the Android Market. Obviously there are tons of modifications which will be taken in order to fix any such exploits, yet my question remains – is a commercial software out on the market really going to cut the high standards required for the military service?
The other issue which I would like to raise is obviously connected to the smartphone you will be handing out to your troops. I would have some issues when thinking at a HTC Desire S in the hands of a soldier accustomed to the military grade equipment and I think that the durability is probably one of the largest issues at hand. Sure there are some pretty rugged smartphones out on the market, but my question remains – will those suffice in a combat scenario? Is your average Motorola Defy or Casio G’zOne Commando going to be enough for the requirements of a battlefield?
I guess it’s really too soon to tell as this has just been recently announced, yet my concerns are valid I feel. The best thing in this direction is to wait it out and maybe we’ll take a few looks at something custom made for the Army. Stay tuned for more!1