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

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.

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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22 Comments

1. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Google in North Korea Zoinks!!!

18. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

19. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Does google have power to stop companies in North korea?

2. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

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

3. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 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/

4. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Nothing can stop Android x)

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

5. NokiaLumia920

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Kim Jong Un: Is that edible?

6. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

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

15. MeoCao unregistered

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

7. Levon

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

8. MattAdorno

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

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

9. myclevername

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 07, 2010

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

10. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Kim jong il Tab 2 7.0

16. NokiaLumia920

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

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

11. ChangMin2012

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

Shibal Gasseum Tab 2.7

12. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

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

14. androidrockzz

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 04, 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???

17. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 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..!

22. unbiasedcommenter

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 29, 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...

20. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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!

21. superguy

Posts: 448; Member since: Jul 15, 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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