Looks like the Army has chosen Google’s Android to power smartphones handed out to soldiers in order for them to be connected and it already has a prototype called the ‘Joint Battle Command-Platform’.
The Joint Battle Command-Platform prototype is developed by not-for-profit organization MITRE, chartered to work in the public interest. The Army says that the development kit will be released in July for app creators. We imagine the smartphone will be a super-ruggedized one and the Casio G’zOne Commando could have been a pretty decent candidate.
But it’s not the hardware durability that raises questions at the moment but rather the ability to keep information secure, you know, at the highest level. Is Android capable of that? It could definitely be, if not because of Google, because of applications specially built and developers behind them. Everything aside, the Battle Command-Platform may or may not end up to be a soldier’s best friend on the field. This is also valid for Android, which at the end of the day, might or might not be chosen to operate (solely) the Army-phone.