U.S. Army's new battlefield network relies on Android apps

The U.S. Army finally rolled out the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or WIN-T, which has been in development in one form or another since 1996. According to Wired, when two brigade combat teams from the 10th Mountain Division reach Afghanistan this October, up to 1,400 soldiers will be toting modified Motorola Atrix devices running the (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android OS, which, in turn, is the foundation of a communications program called Nett Warrior. The WIN-T network and compatible devices will enable the use of apps for mapping and other tactical information by soldiers in the field. The Army wants to outfit a total of eight brigades with WIN-T access over the next two years. Read this article for more on the development of WIN-T.

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