Soon, Every Soldier Can Carry an Android Phone



It’s not the first time we’ve heard of the military’s desire to utilize consumer hardware and software for general and mission-specific use, but General Michael Vane of the United States Army has reiterated the forces’ plans to bring the latest consumer electronic devices into the battlefield. He cites how quickly a consumer device can go from concept to production, and how quickly they can go from bringing the devices straight from store shelves to being equipped with the necessary hardware and software a soldier would need to go about his daily business.

The initiative is being called CSDA: Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications. It goes right along with a competition the Army held not too long ago where our code-endowed – and fighting – men and women created applications for cash prizes and consideration for further official development from the Army. All sorts of apps were created: biometrics, information and survival guides, GPS-based coordination and communication systems. You name it, the Army wants to put it on today’s phones instead of hardware built from the ground up.

Androids  and iPhones would take the charge, of course, but they didn’t leave out the possibility of using other devices and operating systems. From the way Vane explained things, it sounds like they’d want the soldiers to choose which technology to go with, but in the end they all may have to end up using the same platform. Hopefully Android does just as well at the bases of our armed forces as it does on citizen streets around the world. [via Register Hardware]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. My friend in the Army is already using his Droid at his base.

  2. motorola DEFY for sure.

    quad band GSM with wifi calling.

    use in the field and call home for free.

  3. galaxy s i9000…does everything plus has the best hardware of any phone right now…works everywhere and even has a front facing camera for self pics and future video chats

  4. Does anyone else not see it???? Android IS Skynet!!

  5. And if my EVO 4G kills me in my sleep, you all know why. lol

  6. Once the military has Angry Birds tech, those green pigs won’t stand a chance!

  7. didn’t the us military ban all electronic media or personal communication among its personells regarding the wikileak matter?

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