North Korea is Working on Smartphones For Citizens

North Korea is reportedly working on a smartphone for citizens, despite the fact that citizens of the country have limited access to the Internet.

The new Android-based device is called the Arirang. According to reports, it features a touch screen and a camera. This past weekend, Kim Jong Un visited the Pyongyang factory where the phones are reportedly being made, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency. While Un reportedly praised the factory for making the devices in North Korea, it is likely that the devices were only assembled in North Korea from Chinese parts.

Here is more from the North Korea Tech blog: “Despite KCNA’s reporting that the handsets are made at the factory, they are probably made to order by a Chinese manufacturer and shipped to the May 11 Factory where they are inspected before going on sale.” (Via CNN).