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Pictures show mystery Android tablet in North Korea; Google takes note

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Pictures show mystery Android tablet in North Korea; Google takes note
At an electronics trade fair in North Korea where approved technology was on display, a mystery tablet made an appearance. A picture shows Choi Cheol Min of Chosun Computer holding in his hands, what looks to be a tablet running Android on a 10 inch screen. The trade fair took place in the capital of Pyongyang, and information about the device is hard to obtain. There is a clue in the form of a box that reads Samjiyo, spotted in the background. This is a North Korean tablet introduced in June.

What is this tablet being displayed in North Korea?

What is this tablet being displayed in North Korea?

Since North Koreans are not allowed access to the internet, we'd imagine that while Android is running the tablet, you are not going to find Google applications on board. And unlike the Amazon Kindle Fire, you probably can't purchase content. Speaking of Google, it seems that Google's Seoul office has taken a keen interest in the picture. Not that Google could do much about this because after all, Android is an open source OS. There would be a violation only if the tablet runs proprietary applications like Google Play or Gmail.

Another picture from the event shows U.S. dollars changing hands in the purchase of the tablet. So let's see if we get this straight. In North Korea, capitalism is taboo but they accept the fruits of it (U.S. currency) for a product with its technological roots in the states (Android). It's a crazy, crazy world we live in.

source: WSJ   AndroidCentral

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posted on 29 Sep 2012, 13:24 6

1. VJo003 (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


Google in North Korea
Zoinks!!!

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 02:10 2

18. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


It's only a matter of time before North Koreans find a way to communicate to the outside world using those Android devices.

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 07:07

19. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1059; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Does google have power to stop companies in North korea?

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 14:16 5

2. cj100570 (Posts: 198; Member since: 12 May 2009)


The fact that this was deemed post worthy is truly sad! The fact that I took time to comment on it, even sadder!

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 14:29 1

3. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


What's more interesting than this arctlce is the "superdollar"

North Korea is the worlds biggest counterfeiter of the US dollar. They actually have the same kind of printing press and use the same ink as the federal reserve. So they are buying these fake android tablets with a fake US dollar =D

http://business.time.com/2012/02/24/how-the-u-s-could-pressure-north-korea-tomorrow-quit-the-100-bill/

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 14:46 7

4. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Nothing can stop Android x)

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 22:08 1

13. MeoCao (unregistered)


This is not Android but iOS I guess, the tablet can't do multitasking, it can only show the picture of "dear leader" all the time. LOL

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 15:16

5. NokiaLumia920 (Posts: 28; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Kim Jong Un: Is that edible?

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 15:24 9

6. regkilla (Posts: 60; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


No internet access in North Korea?! I would shoot myself

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 23:52 4

15. MeoCao (unregistered)


People in North Korea don't care about internet, they care only about food.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 17:02

7. Levon (Posts: 33; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


i'm sure it's a cheap chinese-made tab labeled for n. koreans

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 18:05 2

8. MattAdorno (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


Whats the point if you have no internet access to get content for it?

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 20:04 2

9. myclevername (Posts: 93; Member since: 07 Jun 2010)


Everyone in North Korea who knows the internet exists and is allowed to access it and use electronic devices is in this picture.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 20:41 2

10. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1227; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Kim jong il Tab 2 7.0

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 00:47

16. NokiaLumia920 (Posts: 28; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Jong Il is dead, its the era of fat Un ;)

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 21:12 1

11. ChangMin2012 (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


Shibal Gasseum Tab 2.7

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 21:37

12. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


omg, i thought that was a typo.....

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 23:48

14. androidrockzz (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)


is what i read right or that the north korean's are not allowed to access to internet ???
so this means none of the people there have internet or use internet???

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 02:03 1

17. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


N.koreans aren't allowed to use internet..There is a heavy censorship..
Most of these Koreans don't even know what is INTERNET..
It's a very isolated country..
Google about it man..!

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 22:34

22. unbiasedcommenter (Posts: 11; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


They are not allowed to use the internet as the rest of us know it. They do have a special disconnected version of "the internet" in which the North Korean government controls all of the content, they do not see the rest of the world as it is, only as they want it portrayed...

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 18:50 1

20. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


what the heck will people on n korea do with a tablet or any other electronic gadget like cell phones?

they cant even eat properly!!!

i really wish the new leadership of n korea will change! and be like s korea!

lets pray for that country!

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 10:52

21. superguy (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


This is a gadget for the elite that live in Pyongyang. The average person could never afford a device like this.

It would probably be a stretch for even most in Pyongyang to buy it.

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