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Google’s ruthless collection of user data, whether it is from search and browsing histories WiFi information from its Street View cameras, has gotten people worried. Russia is among those worrywarts and has produced its own take on the Android operating system, but without Google’s data collection.

The OS, named Russian Mobile Operating System (RoMOS), was introduced at the IFA event in Berlin. It works with Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System and reportedly mimics the Android both visually and performance-wise

The first RoMOS-powered hardware–a tablet–is set to debut by the end of the year, although the RoMOS’ project manager claimed the software may also be used for smartphones as well. The RoMOS tablet will mainly cater to the country’s military, which always has concerns about Google-collected data from its devices falling into the hands of United States government. The gadget will not only be waterproof, but also shockproof.

There will also be a consumer version of the RoMOS tablet, but do not expect it to come with the same specs as its military counterpart.

Source: AFP, via Engadget

 
 

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