US Army Drops Android: Tactical Assault Kit To Include iPhone 6S After Complaints Over Galaxy Note's Performance [VIDEO]
After years embracing Android, the United States Army Special Operations Command is officially ditching Google's mobile OS, in favor of Apple's iPhone 6S. According to a source, who has opted to remain anonymous, the Army's Tactical Assault Kit - special - operations- forces version Army's Nett Warrior battlefield situational awareness tool would now be Apple's device after it was found to work much smoother and faster than its Android counterpart.
Compared to the Android Tactical Assault Kit, which uses a modified version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the iPhone 6S is far faster and smoother. The source further stated that the graphical capabilities of Apple's device worked far better with custom military software.
"When trying to run a split screen showing the route and UAS feed, the Android smartphone will freeze up and fail to refresh properly and often have to be restarted, a process that wastes valuable minutes, the source said. It's seamless on the iPhone. The graphics are clear, unbelievable," the source said.
Thus, pretty soon, the ATAC would be the iTAC, or the iPhone Tactical Assault Kit. These military units run apps that are custom-made for the military, some of which are designed to view intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance sensor feeds and live video streams from unmanned aerial vehicles such as drones.
What was particularly interesting about the news is the fact that the Army has so far been using a rather outdated Galaxy Note unit. After all, while the iPhone 6S does indeed leave the Galaxy Note 2 in the dust, more recent models, such as the Galaxy Note 5, could more than hold its own against the Apple device. Nevertheless, the iPhone's ease of use and its powerhouse processor are known to provide one of the smoothest mobile experiences in the market today.
At least, for now, the US Army has officially transitioned to Team iPhone.