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Russia unveils own 'almost Android' system

Published on Sep 1, 2012 7:03 AM

MOSCOW (AFP) - It seems that Russia's defence ministry has little faith in Google's operating systems: it has just unveiled its own encrypted version that has the remarkably familiar feel of an Android.

Russia's very first smart prototype was presented on the sidelines of a Berlin electronics show this week to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin - an avowed nationalist who oversees the military's technological innovation.

A slimmed down version of the operating system in computer tablet form is actually meant to go public by the end of the year at a cost of 15,000 rubles (S$581) a pop.

But it would hardly be a defence gadget with consumer appeal. Developers at the ministry's Central Scientific Research Institute said their main client is - and will probably always be - the state and its top brass.

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