Together with the state company Gedeme, Cuba is preparing smartphones perfectly adapted to the needs of its citizens, with a ‘fork' called Novadroid and now known as socialist smartphones.
In an industry where it is not too easy to surprise, the truth is that from Cuba they have achieved it with what the networks already call , because a state company of the Cuban government called GEDEME has explained that they are preparing their own smartphones adapted to the needs of the Cuban people, always according to their own explanations.
They do it in addition in a troubled climate, with the Internet blocked in part due to protests, and as colleagues from Radio Rebelde presenting a called Novadroid which has adapted the base of Android Open Source Project to meet the specific needs of the Cuban market, reducing dependence on external hardware and services.
The device in question is not one smartphone but several, and Nor is their goal to become a bestseller in Cuba. but to raise its symbolic value, based around the idea that in certain geopolitical contexts it is possible to create technology products that reduce dependence on other states and external services, controversial as this claim may always be.
GEDEME presents the P4R and MB10 models, first with 6,000 units that will work with Novadroid, the operating system (based on Android) designed specifically for Cubans.
This is how GEDEME mobiles are, socialist smartphones
To begin with, it should be noted that the Cuban government itself presumes about what , something that GEDEME fulfills perfectly since it is a company integrated in GELECT, the Group of the Electronic Industry, Information Technology, Automation and Communications in which the Cuban Ministry of Industry participates.
GEDEME offers in its a lot of products and services related to the electronics industry or the electrical, graphic, information or telecommunications sectors. Not in vain, have the capacity to assemble smartphones in Cuban territory, and your project will begin with a print run of 6,000 units to be distributed this summer through the stores of Etesca (the state telephone company) and Copextel.
As you will expect, it is about two models with rather basic input or medium specs, and with prices that are also affordable to make themselves more attractive. Here we leave you with the characteristics that have transcended both models:
- 6.22 inch HD screen.
- MediaTek Helio P22 chipset.
- 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.
- 3,400 mAh battery.
- Novadroid based on Android 10.
- 13 MP and 8 MP cameras (front).
- Dual SIM.
- 6 inch HD screen.
- Unknown chipset with ARM Mali-G71 MP2 GPU.
- 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.
- 3,200 mAh battery.
- Novadroid based on Android 10.
- 8 MP and 5 MP cameras (front).
- Dual SIM
It seems that the first batch of devices will not reach the market yet with an operating system specifically developed in Cuba, but from GEDEME they affirm that they are working on many fronts so that Cuba can become more technologically independent, without depending so much on the supply of chips from other countries and foreign software, also presuming that they are even producing towers for Etesca with what they have already been able to reduce the imports of network infrastructures.
Novadroid, the operating system for Cuba, takes shape from Android
The truth is that on the outside they will be quite common basic smartphones, while on the inside they will have already known components such as MediaTek chipsets, so the differentiation will be practically confined to the Novadroid operating system, which is presented with these smartphones as an Android customization.
Not only that, and it is that rather it is a full built on AOSP source code by the University of Informatics Sciences of Cuba, already working on tablets that GEDEME has been selling for some time, after having born only as a research project of the Free Software Center which was later adapted to commercial life.
Coming into the matter, we know that Novadroid is presented optimized for the technological limitations of Cuba, eliminating all kinds of services that are not accepted in the Caribbean country and maintaining access to Google Play, although only for free applicationsIt should be remembered here that in Cuba you cannot offer payment apps or micropayments .
There is talk of more than 1 million compatible applications, plus some basic software already pre-installed such as Firefox, Omninote and other tools developed internally by Cuban companies.
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