U.S. Army Set to Launch App Store

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – The U.S. Army is set to launch its first ever app store. The store, called Army Marketplace will feature sixteen iPhone and seventeen Android apps and may be released as soon as August.

Last year, the U.S. Army launched the contest ‘Apps for the Army’, where it let soldiers design Apps that could possibly be featured in the new app store.

Some apps featured in the initial release of Army Marketplace include an app that allows soldiers to connect with their command post, a workout app, and one for disaster relief.

Army Marketplace will open up the discussion on the development of new ideas for apps by Army members. The Army is also open to letting third party developers assist in the development of some apps.

Logging into Army Marketplace will require a secure username and password only available through the U.S. Department of Defense.

Most recently, the Army teamed up with Google to begin development on an Android-based smartphone that would primarily be used by soldiers during combat. The currently being developed smartphone has been dubbed the JBC-P Handheld (Joint Battle Command Platform).