The U.S Army has recently launched a beta version of their own unique take on the Android and iOS app stores. The newly-designed marketplace already houses over a dozen apps used for training purposes, with plenty more on the way in the near future. Similarly to the Google Play store, the Army’s unique take also offers each app its own page, with images and a description.
To date, the most popular app is Soldier View, which gives soldiers information on an area they’re currently traveling in with a variety of maps. Currently the Army marketplace is solely for iOS users, but will soon be readily available for a variety of Android handsets.
The entire marketplace can be downloaded at once (although your data plan won’t like you after), or certain apps can be downloaded individually. At present, third-party developers are unable to produce apps to display on the Army’s marketplace, but it’s something that should happen in time.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the U.S Army start to utilise the power of smartphones and apps. Recently we’ve seen a new wave of rugged tablets to be used on the battlefield, as well as specially designed apps to help keep tracks of fellow soldiers in your squad.