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The Army wants all soldiers to stay connected, and has chosen Android to power a new smartphone that will do everything from charting troop movements to requesting a medic.Cool.
The Android phone is being developed by MITRE, a non-profit tech engineering company. The custom smartphone system even has a very miliraty-sounding name: the “Joint Battle-Command Platform.”
This won’t be your typical slim and trim smartphone though. The Army says it weighs a whopping two pounds. But that’s still a lot smaller and lighter than the bulky equipment soldiers use now.
Keep in mind the Android-based platform is just a prototype for now. There’s no guarantee it will see any real action.
[Via Ars Technica]