Salute to Steve: Army Shows Off Soldier Smartphone Beta

Smartphone with black cord connected to a military device. Both in camoflauge covering

Image credit: Spencer Ackerman

By Spencer Ackerman

It wasn’t one of those epic Steve Jobs product roll-outs. Not even close. But in an obscure warren of the Pentagon, the Army took a major step toward embracing the smartphone revolution that Jobs did so much to promote. Only the mobile device it unveiled is best described smartphone-esque — and it might cause bureaucratic and financial problems if the Army actually does decide soldiers need to carry real smartphones.


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