The Army will reportedly move from issuing Android smartphones in its tactical assault kits to issuing iPhone 6s units, according to DoDBuzz.
The news outlet cited a source within the Army who said that “Android freezes up,” and that the Army has found the iPhone is “faster; smoother.” It’s unclear how old the Android smartphones are, and, to play devil’s advocate, any phone that’s a few years old is probably prone to freezing up while running newer software that requires more processing muscle.
The Army source suggested that the Army found the iPhone is better at running software designed to present a map and live feed of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or a drone.
“When trying to run a split screen showing the route and UAS feed, the Android smart phone will freeze up and fail to refresh properly and often have to be restarted, a process that wastes valuable minutes,” DoD said, citing its source. The iPhone 6s doesn’t yet support split screen viewing, so perhaps this is a feature built into the application used by the Army; otherwise, we can’t see how it might be used for the same task.
Hit the source to take a deeper dive into the Army’s alleged decision and some additional information on how the Army uses smartphones linked up with network radios.