Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
  1. Prime Day Deals
    07:58 Deals

    Amazon has 10 new early Prime Day deals you need to see to believe

  2. Best Kitchen Gadgets
    08:33 Deals

    Amazon shoppers are obsessed with this $23 gadget that should be in every kitchen

  3. Amazon Echo Auto Price
    09:43 Deals

    Amazon’s $50 Echo Auto adds Alexa to your car – today it’s only $15

  4. Amazon Gift Card
    07:58 Deals

    $25 in free Amazon credit beats any Prime Day deal – here’s how to get it

  5. Amazon Deals
    10:18 Deals

    Today’s best deals: Early Prime Day deals, $15 Echo Auto, $4 smart plugs, $50 off Ai…

US Army Special Forces are trading their Samsungs for iPhones

July 19th, 2016 at 8:20 AM
Special Forces Switch to iPhone

Good news for Android fans: the US Army Special Forces, all elite units like Delta Force and Army Rangers, currently use a system powered by Samsung handsets for battlefield applications.

Bad news for Android fans: those handsets have been crashing so much that Special Forces Command is switching to iPhones instead.

DON’T MISS: You should go download iOS 9.3.3 right now

The story was first reported by DOD Buzz, which quotes a source as saying the iPhone is “faster; smoother. Android freezes up.” Problems are particularly noticeable when trying to do heavy multitasking and livestreaming video, such as trying to view a map side-by-side with imagery from a drone.

As a result, special forces are switching to the iPhone 6S as the focal point of the iPhone Tactical Assault Kit. It basically comprises a smartphone connected to a networked radio. That can provide situational awareness, by showing the location of friendly and enemy forces on a map, but it can also be a useful tool for things like mapwork, viewing intelligence photos or communication with aerial assets.

Apparently, the Tactical Assault Kit currently uses some kind of Samsung handset that’s underpowered for the job at hand. Given the lead time normally associated with military tech, it’s very believable that an old-gen Samsung phone has been used for a few years. So, a comparison between an old Galaxy S3 and a brand-new iPhone 6S isn’t really fair, but it’s also not great PR for Samsung either.

Popular News