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US Army starts military app store for iOS, Android

updated 06:25 pm EDT, Wed April 27, 2011

Still months away from being a practical reality

WIRED today provided an preview of what may become the military's own version of an online apps store. Named Army Marketplace, the Army hopes the site will provide a source of downloadable Army-relevant software for soldiers' work computers and mobile phones. Ultimately, these apps will make their way down to the rank and file soldier. Practical implementation is still months off into the future.

Initially, the site will offer over 30 applications created for Android phones and iPhones by soldiers during the Army's "Apps for the Army" contest held last year. Ultimately, the Army hopes the site will be a catalyst for new applications as well.

One challenge is that there currently is no Android or iOS phone that has passed the rigorous security certifications to host government data. That is months away. This means that while soldiers may be able to download apps to their work computers, there's no phone to load them on. Until then, the site will be more of a demonstration of concept than anything else.

The Army plans to debut the Marketplace at the upcoming LandWarNet conference in August.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    Against the rules!

    Shouldn't they be using Apple's App Store? Or are they going to jailbreak their iPhones?

    Also, don't call it the military app store. Remember, "app store" is exclusive to Apple.

    - Sent from my Android device.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well you know...

    The military have tanks, or as they call them, tracked vehicles...

    Get it, Tracked, like in Tracking...

    sorry I believe I skipped medication

    - Sent with my teeth from a place you will never find me!

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oooo. A bunch of titles spring

    to mind.
    War of Opportunity Finder, US Military Abandoned Weapons Cache Locator, It's Not Torture, Rendition Pal, Fear Budget Inflator, Military Industrial Simplifier, Declare Success Without Finishing, Bring It On!, They Must Be Terrorists Or They Wouldn't Be There, GITMO Vacations, Unwarranted,..

  1. mr100percent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    work machines?

    It says for the Army's work computers. Unless the government is gonna pay for it, why have a "store" for work machines? Why not have it available or pre-installed for work machines?

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well, by putting up a "Store"

    they are making the software available. 30 of the first apps available are created by US military personnel in a contest for military personnel.

    Arguably, preinstalled is likely for US military computing assets that have not been deployed, but new stuff and 3rd party (read non-military owned) applications not common to all branches, jobs, department, or personnel would not necessarily be preinstalled. A military screened source would be best, no?

    Also, the government has to pay for licenses of commercial software, just like most people (though they may get steep discounts, at the developers discretion). That includes the military.

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