The Special Operations Command of the U.S. Army is looking to replace their Android Tactical Assualt Kit with an iPhone Tactical Assault Kit. The switch will see the Army switch from Samsung-manufactured Android devices to an iPhone 6s.
The Android/iPhone Tactical Assault Kit for the Army consists of a smartphone that is connected to a Harris AN/PRC 152A radio that is a part of the Joint Tactical Radio System.
According to an Army source, the iPhone is “faster; smoother. Android freezes up,” with the device being required to restarted often. The source further added that the issue with Android devices are particularly visible when viewing a live feed from an unmanned aerial drone. He also added that while trying to use the split view screen feature to show the route and the UAS feed, the Android smartphone will lock up and stop refreshing the live feed.
He also added that while trying to use the split view screen feature to show the route and the UAS feed, the Android smartphone will lock up and stop refreshing the live feed. To add insult to the injury, the source says the whole process is “seamless on the iPhone” and the “graphics are clear, unbelievable.”
It remains unclear which Samsung smartphone the Army has been using. From the description given though, it looks like they are some particularly older models.