Russia plans to get rid iOS and Android

Russia is taking its adversarial relationship with the United States to a whole new level. Now Moscow wants to get rid of the U.S. mobile operating systems Android and iOS. According to research firm Gartner Inc, Android has 81% market share in Russia, followed by Apple Inc. iOS with about 15% market share.

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Russia’s new OS to be based on Sailfish

Russia’s Minister for Communication and Mass Media, Nikolai Nikiforov, recently held a meeting with Finland-based Jolla executives to help build a Russian operating system. Nikiforov has also sought the help of the Linux community. Jolla is the developer of open-source Sailfish operating system. Nikiforov told Russian financial newspaper RBC that the government wanted to reduce the share of non-Russian mobile platforms to less than 50% by 2025.

Sailfish has a paltry 0.5% share in Russia. But its open source nature and no link with the United States can make it a strong platform in Russia in the future. Nikiforov added that he would encourage other BRICS countries (Brazil, India, China and South Africa) to participate in the initiative. He plans to involve IT companies from each of the BRICS nations to work on this pan-BRICS initiative.


Source: Value Walk

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