News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday April 27, 2011.
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The U.S. Army has launched a custom app store filled with iOS and Android apps tailored to military personnel. In addition, soldiers can request apps that are not yet available to be created.
Currently, the store is a web-based portal, but the Army is working on a client that will allow access from smartphones and tablets. There are 17 Android apps and 16 iOS apps available now. The website is currently only accessible to Department of Defense personnel who have a login and password. The Army expects the site to be fully operational come August.
The biggest problem that the military has now is security, as no mobile device has received certification to access the Army's networks as of yet. The iPhone has the most promise though, as field tests with the iPod touch have proven successful. The Army says it is in the process of certifying certain Android handsets, though that process could take upwards of a year to complete. [Wired via 9to5 Mac]
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