The US Army has completed its six-week field testing of three smartphone operating systems: Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7. Two of these will be selected for deployment, though it has not been announced which two.
Mazzanti expects the Army will anoint two mobile operating systems for official use. That way, they can minimize software development needs while still offering variety, which could defend against cyberattacks targeted at a specific type of software platform.
Army software engineers have developed a way for applications to be ported between the two platforms with minimal effort, officials said. Other apps are being coded as mobile-optimized Web pages, they said.
Anyone who follows defence procurement closely will know that military computing solutions in the last decade or two have tended to be massively over-budget, usually late, and often several years behind the technical curve when they finally arrive – smartphones are one of the few areas of technology in history where the field has been driven by consumers, rather than military funding.