Just recently, I told you guys about North Korea’s weird tablet that comes without Internet. Now the highly-restrictive country has unveiled their latest consumer product, The Arirang, a “home-grown smartphone” that runs on the Google’s Android operating system.
No further specs or details were revealed for this device. However, according to BBC, the young dictator Kim Jong-un himself has tested this device while he was visiting a mobile phone factory in the country. This device is expected to improve North Korea’s one and only “heavily monitored and restricted” mobile network, while allowing its’ people to use latest technology, finally.
However, I highly doubt the device to have Internet connectivity and it will probably restrict Google apps for users, just like they did with last device. Or those people will probably have to wear a tin-foil hat before making a call with this phone because a North Korea man who left the country in November 2010, told a research paper: “In order to make sure the mobile phone frequencies are not being tracked, I would fill up a washbasin with water and put the lid of a rice cooker over my head while I made a phone call.”
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Roshan Jerad Perera