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Russia to launch its own tablet computer

by at 30/08/2012 19:42


Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin was presented with Russia's first tablet computer on Thursday. The new device is to use a modified version of Google’s Android operating system. Its most distinguishing feature, however, is its high level of personal-data security, with Google’s prying eyes being kept at bay by Russian modifications to the operating system.

The tablet is scheduled for release by the end of 2012, and its main users should be members of the Defense Ministry. The model will be called "RoMOS,” as will the operating system that runs on it. The name is a Russian-language contraction from Russian Mobile Operating System.

“The operating system has all the functionality of the Android operating system, but does not contain the ability to secretly send personal-user data to the Google headquarters,” Andrew Starikovsky, the CEO of the tablet’s design company, NRNU MiFi, told Rogozin, Itar-Tass reported.

Military application
According to Starikovsky, the devices will be provided to military agencies, with the gadget being able to be used as a computer in the field. He added that the main functions of the tablet will be to encrypt data, store cryptographic keys and maps, plus provide Glonass navigation services.

"There will be two versions: regular and military, which will be shock-resistant and water-resistant," added Starikovsky. According to Starikovsky, the manufacturer will be Russian.

"Some of the components will be imported, and the assembly will be carried out by a Russian-based leading defense institute. We excluded Google Market from it for safety reasons,” said Starikovsky.

Thus, according to the developers, installing applications on the tablet will be through its own marketplace – RoMOS.

Russia's first tablet will go on sale to the general public at a later date at a cost of 15,000 rubles for the minimum configuration with a 10-inch display and minus 3G connectivity.


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