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Uncle Sam’s Android Army

Ever since Apple’s creation of the iPhone, consumers and companies alike have rushed to have the newest technology in the Smartphone domain. Whether it is Apple’s new white iPhone 4, an Android, or a Samsung HTC, it is clear that the race for the newest and coolest phone technology is at a frenzy. These phones are generally used by the average consumer, as text, talk, web, and Apps have revolutionized the cell phone industry. Yet while the creation of such devices have permitted the Average Joe to talk on the phone, surf the web, and play games simultaneously, these smartphones have found merit in another domain: the military.

In an attempt to revolutionize battlefield communication, Android apps are being designed to assist soldiers in the midst of war. There is an app in the works that allows soldiers to control cameras on UAVs (Unarmed Aerial Vehicles) from the ground, a development that will not only improve surveillance, but also help keep our soldiers safe. In a similar vein, a mapping app is being created that allows soldiers to view recent developments at their current locality. So, for example, a soldier in Afghanistan will be able to tell that in the past six months, there have been IED explosions or insurgent arrests in their immediate surroundings. Needless to say, this transforms a smartphone from a handheld toy to a life-saving necessity. On the hardware side, a new handheld known as the Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) is being created, a military-friendly smartphone that will work internationally, across a multitude of radio networks. On the home front, while it is comforting to see that smartphones have made communication easier and more engaging, it is reassuring to know that these advances in technology are promoting our safety, as well as the safety of our soldiers.

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/22/us-army-developing-android-based-smartphone-framework-and-apps/

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