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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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The iPhone is "faster; smoother. Android freezes up" and has to be restarted too often, the source said. The problem with the Android is particularly noticeable when viewing live feed from an unmanned aerial system such as Instant Eye, the source said.
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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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."​

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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The source tells DoDBuzz that the same process is "seamless" on the iPhone and that the graphics are "clear" and "unbelievable."
I would very much hope they want graphics that are clear and very believable. No pink ponies showing up on the display.
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.
Ah, that explains Apple's new Find My Troops™ feature in the latest iOS betas.
 

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[…]so why would you ever take the risk of these glitches affecting operations that can literally mean the difference between life and death?

It was probably cheaper. For the initial cost. TCOs were probably not thought up when they made the Android decision.
 

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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.

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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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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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?
Because it's cheaper? That's not a good reason but cost is always considered.
 
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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?

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.
 

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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
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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Android software freezing up?? What a shocker. Their software is junk and bloated.

Finally someone saying what I've been saying on Twitter for ages lol

Exactly this ( thumbsup )

Well at Least they did not go with blackberry or windows phones to begin with. That would just have been embarrassing.


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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