Russian smartphone YotaPhone appears in latest Trump Twist


You are forgiven if you weren’t able to track even the slightest twist in the 2016 Presidential Election Inquiry Inquiry. On the one hand, that’s not something we typically cover here. at Digital Trends. Then there’s the fact that the investigation of the investigation (meaning the Mueller investigation) took longer than the original investigation.

I told you there was a reason we didn’t cover it. Corn a new scoop from the New York Times by Charlie Savage and Adam Goldman gives us the opportunity to release an old gem: Yotaphone.

First, the context of our writing about it: the investigation into the investigation resulted in two indictments, the second of which revolves around the theory that there was a secret line of communication between the Trump organization and the Russian-controlled Alfa bank. The FBI (and almost everyone) briefly examined this theory and quickly dismissed it, and life went on.

But two paragraphs from the latest NYT story give us a glimpse into the past:

Their other set of concerns was over data suggesting that a YotaPhone – a Russian-made smartphone rarely seen in the United States – had been used from networks serving the White House, Trump Tower and Spectrum Health, a Michigan hospital company. whose server had also interacted with the Trump server.

Mr Sussmann relayed their findings on YotaPhone to CIA counterintelligence officials in February 2017, people said. It is not clear if the government ever investigated them.

Michael Sussmann is a lawyer who voiced his concerns to the FBI about Alfa Bank and was ultimately indicted by former US Attorney John Durham, who is leading the investigation into the investigation. But that is not what is important for our purpose here.

What is important is the YotaPhone. There’s a name we haven’t heard in years. And while the history of the NYT does not specify which version of the YotaPhone is in play here, the history of the phone itself dates back almost a decade.

The original YotaPhone was a dual-screen Android device during Android’s heyday. It was a time when manufacturers were still trying anything and everything, and here is this company with an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean phone that had a relatively normal (if not downright quaint, 4.3in) LCD touchscreen by today’s standards. ) at 720p resolution. But flip the phone over and you’ll find a 4.3-inch e-ink display – the kind you’ll find in an Amazon Kindle. This sort of made the YotaPhone the mule of smartphones. Business on one side, party on the other.

We’ll let you decide which was which.

The original YotaPhone only went on sale in a few countries – Austria, France, Spain, Germany and, of course, Russia. Fast forward a few years and we get the YotaPhone 2. It was sleeker and still sported that dual screen design. And this time it was going to arrive at T-Mobile in the United States via Indiegogo. Until it doesn’t.

Suffice to say that the YotaPhone 2 hasn’t done much to shake up the world of smartphones. And the even bigger YotaPhone 3 never did it that way, either.

And it certainly wasn’t a phone we expected to see again.

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