Russia Yanks Google from Android Tabloids
Concerns about data gathering on military and government devices
If you're not happy with your Android phone or tablet collecting your data and sending it to Google, you're not alone. The Russian defense ministry announced a stripped-down and encrypted version of Google's operating system, destined for government and military devices, will also be on sale to the public.
Google collects a considerable amount of information from Android users, including personal information and usage data in order for the company to serve ads. This is also one of the reasons Android is offered free to manufacturers. But Russia is wary of Google's OS and fears this data collected could fall in the hands of the U.S. government and expose sensitive communications.