Russia develops Google free Android tablet

The cold war may be over, but Russia is still sharp on national security. The latest threat seems to be Android, Google's mobile operating system. Although Russia would like to equip members of the government as well as military personnel with Android tablets, the country fears that sensitive information could fall in the wrong hands: American hands.

That's why Russia has announced RoMOS, which stands for Russian Mobile Operating System, based on Google's Android. Russian developers claim the system will be hack-proof and no personal data is collected while using your mobile device. Not only will all Google content be stripped out of the final product, Russia also wants to use some of its own technology in the operating system, such as GLONASS. The Global Navigation Satellite System is Russia's version of GPS. Apps can be installed through RoMOS' own market.

The reason why Android is free is because Google collects quite a lot of information about the user, including personal information and usage data. The company sells this information to advertising companies, so you'll get relevant, personal ads on your mobile device. According to project manager Dmitry Mikhailov, ministries and big firms don't trust Google all too well:

They are not afraid of Google or the US government stealing things per se. They are afraid of leaks in general.

Personnel working for Russia's ministry of defense will be the main users, but you can buy a slightly modified 10 inch tablet running Russia's mobile OS too by the end of the year for approximately $460 (15,000 rubles). The tablet should be shock and water proof and is assembled in Russia.

Source: PC World, SecurityWeek

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Brony said,
but, where is the "in soviet russia" jokes?
Because "in Russia, phone spies on you" is a bit redundant since that's true everywhere.

I wouldn't trust governmental and military information with Google either. Seems like a logical choice if you ask me.

Why wouldn't they be collecting personal information? Governments want it, google has easy access to it, its not like they would have a choice when the right people are asking for it, regardless of their policies. Who cares, I go nothing to hide.

Any system can be hacked and data stolen. Doesnt matter if it is Windows, Linux, Apple, or Android. The reason why many people choose Android is they can customize it their own personal/individual needs.

That's also the reason some large companies won't adopt Android or Chrome, they don't want someone outside of their managed network collecting information.

FACT

"The reason why Android is free is because Google collects quite a lot of information about the user, including personal information and usage data. The company sells this information to advertising companies, so you'll get relevant, personal ads on your mobile device."

I guess if THEY SAY it, then it must be true. Are you really that gullible? They're gathering information for a lot more than selling ad space, and yes, THEY'VE said so...you can Google it :-)

techishere said,
FACT

"The reason why Android is free is because Google collects quite a lot of information about the user, including personal information and usage data. The company sells this information to advertising companies, so you'll get relevant, personal ads on your mobile device."


so that explains it!!! You have no frekin clue how it works??? google collects data but they wont sell it to third party. they use the data to give users targeted ads but the data is not send to the advertisers. there is a difference between what u said and what actually they do..
I cant believe people are so dumb.

still1 said,

so that explains it!!! You have no frekin clue how it works??? google collects data but they wont sell it to third party. they use the data to give users targeted ads but the data is not send to the advertisers. there is a difference between what u said and what actually they do..
I cant believe people are so dumb.

It worries me that you take everything Corporate America says at face value. No wonder you're walking blindly into 1984.

jamieakers said,

It worries me that you take everything Corporate America says at face value. No wonder you're walking blindly into 1984.

Hahahaahaha +1

Google don't sell your information to third parties, they collect it to deliver targeted ads. The information itself stays on Google's servers. Please, enough of the ridiculous scaremongering, Neowin's news writers should be above spreading bias and misinformation.

Javik said,
Google don't sell your information to third parties, they collect it to deliver targeted ads. The information itself stays on Google's servers. Please, enough of the ridiculous scaremongering, Neowin's news writers should be above spreading bias and misinformation.

Oh seriously ?
What do you think they do with the information then !?

Google has admitted ties to government and openly offers information to any law enforcement agency simply on request, no warrant, just ask. This is the tip of the iceberg. NSA called the internet the "World Wide Wiretap" before it was even anything close to what it is today. Keep believing it's all about "ads". lol.

techishere said,

Oh seriously ?
What do you think they do with the information then !?

Did you even read what he damn wrote?!

He clearly said: "they collect it to deliver targeted ads".

Javik said,
Google don't sell your information to third parties, they collect it to deliver targeted ads. The information itself stays on Google's servers. Please, enough of the ridiculous scaremongering, Neowin's news writers should be above spreading bias and misinformation.

Ooooh nice try, Google PR Team.

techishere said,

Oh seriously ?
What do you think they do with the information then !?


what a fail post!!! did you read what he said??? man so much ignorant...

thenonhacker said,

Ooooh nice try, Google PR Team.

No, just a bemused observer. Trolling isn't clever or cute, stick to your day job please.

Hahaiah said,
Google has admitted ties to government and openly offers information to any law enforcement agency simply on request, no warrant, just ask. This is the tip of the iceberg. NSA called the internet the "World Wide Wiretap" before it was even anything close to what it is today. Keep believing it's all about "ads". lol.
When did they admit this? Last I heard the government hates to ask Google for things. Google seems to dislike giving them any information without a warrant and evidence. I remember this from when the government asked for numerous IP's and Google wouldn't give in since there was no warrant and what they were requesting was far too general.

I'll agree that the NSA, CIA, and FBI all have an agenda with the web. That's no secret. They have been caught red-handed many time, most notably the 641a incident. However, that was AT&T whom you seem to be confusing Google with. If you want to foam at the mouth about a company then AT&T is the one, not Google.

Not saying using my website clicks for ads and profit isn't crappy but it's not the same as allowing the entire internet to be analysed in a room at your data center.

Javik said,

No, just a bemused observer. Trolling isn't clever or cute, stick to your day job please.

Nice try, Google Employee. Keep on faking G+ activity!

Russian developers claim the system will be hack-proof

They removed all networking capabilities both hardware and software and any other possible method to connect with the device. The tablet will also explode when picked up by anyone else but the owner and someone from the government has to verify you're using it without being forced by anyone.

.Neo said,

They removed all networking capabilities both hardware and software and there are no connection ports.

Yet they allow new apps to be installed from a store...Hmm yea hackproof Riiiigggghhhttt.

SharpGreen said,

Yet they allow new apps to be installed from a store...Hmm yea hackproof Riiiigggghhhttt.

Ever heard of the little checkbox in Security settings called "Unknown Sources" that just happens to be unchecked by default?