South Korea Creates Android Apps for Battlefield Situations

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  • 16 Jul 2012
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  • South Korean defense representatives have officially admitted that the military have been working on 9 battlefield applications for Android smartphones. This shouldn’t come as puzzling news, since USA has been doing that for a while now. The apps offer real time communications, mapping, imaging and planning features, that give the South Koreans an advantage on the field.

    The 9 apps include an augmented reality system, a tracking system that uses GPS among others and a real time video relay that helps update enemy position. There’s also a walkie talkie app and an image view for identification of enemy or friendly units. By the end of the year authorities will decide just how expanded the use of the apps will be. The Battled Augmented Reality System seems to be the most interesting app and useful as well, especially in an environment that’s foggy or clouded, or smoky.

    Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the viable alternatives for the army and it’s also a South Korean phone, so it’s perfect. Why Android and not Apple? Well, Apple is not willing to provide the government access to their platform’s source code. In comparison to these apps, the US Army smartphone apps market includes application for calculating the sniper bullet trajectory and some phrasebooks for foreign languages.

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