US Troops May Soon Be Equipped With Smartphones
If the U.S. military does start issuing smarthphones to troops, please for the love of Freedom Fries, and Harley Davidsons make Angry Birds impossible to load on the devices.
I'm not joking. The easiest way to make the most powerful military force on earth irrelevant would be to figure out how to load Angry Birds or any of the Zynga games on our troops' phones.
That said, the army is about to conclude a six-week program to test how viable touchscreen phones, and tablets are in combat. According to CNN Army officials have been so impressed with the pilot program that began June 6, they expect to see the first wave of "smartphone-equipped soldiers" shipped overseas by years end.
The smartphones are being used by young soldiers familiar with "texting" to submit and fill out reports, pull up maps, send pictures with attached GPS information and other things the younger generation are already accustomed to doing.
The military tested a number of devices including multiple Android handsets as well as the iPhone. Their only real complain about the iPhone?
"AT&T didn't provide service there."
Big surprise huh? Ed Mazzanti, the director of the mobile-device program, expects the army to go with two mobile operating systems for official use. Expect those two platforms to be iOS and Android devices.
The Army is also testing a "cell tower in a suitcase," which creates a limited range wireless network that "would be used when service is unreliable or likely to attract unwanted listeners."
AT&T service problem solved.