russiatablet Russian government develops Android style tablet

The Russian government has developed its own Android-style tablet, without employing Google's open source mobile platform, which it fears will expose its secrets to the US.

The Russian government has developed its own Android-style tablet, without employing Google's open source mobile platform, which it fears will expose its secrets to the US.

 
The new tablet and operating system were unveiled at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, targeted primarily at state officials, but Russia also plans to offer it to the general public by the end of this year.
 
The device will cost 15,000 roubles ($465), making it one of the more mid-range tablets on the market, cheaper than Apple's popular iPad, but more expensive than Amazon's Kindle Fire.
 
russiatablet Russian government develops Android style tablet
 
One of the major appeals of the tablet is likely to be the project manager's promise that it is “hack-proof” (although that could be seen as a challenge, and a bit like declaring the Titanic unsinkable). The device is fully encrypted and the military version will also tout shock-proof and waterproof features, which should help it survive the toils of battle.
 
The software is only available on the rugged tablet at the moment, but it could also be ported over to smartphones, which could appeal to security-minded individuals and businesses. However, the product is unlikely to put a major dent in Google's growing market share.
 
Source: The Telegraph
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