Army Special Operations Command Reportedly Switching From Android to iPhone

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    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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    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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  2. dumastudetto macrumors 68020

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    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?
     
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    I would very much hope they want graphics that are clear and very believable. No pink ponies showing up on the display.
    Ah, that explains Apple's new Find My Troops™ feature in the latest iOS betas.
     
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    It was probably cheaper. For the initial cost. TCOs were probably not thought up when they made the Android decision.
     
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  8. Relentless Power, Jul 18, 2016
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    Android software freezing up?? What a shocker. Their software is junk and bloated.
     
  9. dmylrea macrumors 68000

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    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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    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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    Wonder if this has anything to do with Apple's newly publicized commitment to privacy...
     
  12. akadafni macrumors regular

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    They already did...the iPhone 5c. Remember the government can't break into it without 3rd party help.
     
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    The military must use the outdated Android version like 4.0... Otherwise, the military must lack of person who know how to program on Android.

    But, iOS might be perfect for military, all these sandbox and wall gardened crap are great for military
     
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    Well at Least they did not go with blackberry or windows phones to begin with. That would just have been embarrassing.
     
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    Hear hear... or rather, *their. ;)
     
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    Edited. Thanks.
     
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    Because it's cheaper? That's not a good reason but cost is always considered.
     
  18. ENDWARO7 macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
  19. Tubamajuba macrumors 68000

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    Or, and I know this sounds extremely unlikely (insane, even!), maybe, just maybe, iOS works better for them?
     
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    Apple loyalists love articles like these. iOS and Android are imperfect. I have owned both the S7 Edge and 6S Plus. Both have hiccups. Stop putting Apple above all. At some point, they're going to tumble. Be weary about mid range devices having good performance at a fraction of the cost. Windows devices have better RAM management than Android. Android offers cheaper and more flexible connectivity. Apple just offers good customer service these days. Blackberry has a security lineage. No product will be the undisputed one size fit all product right now.
     
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    Curious...one of the main issues seems to relate to a use case that isn't even supported at all by the iPhones so far.
     
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    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.
     
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    Source? And fair warning, if you quote one of those stupid Crittercism studies, then you've already lost this argument.
     
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    The Army with their insecure Android phones got tired of constantly being hacked by North Koreans armed with their outdated JellyBean Android phones.
     
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    Finally someone saying what I've been saying on Twitter for ages lol

    Exactly this ( thumbsup )


    Well if they had it probably wouldn't be the 1st nor the last embarrassing decision or thing our government did :rolleyes:
     

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