The Cold War ended in 1990, but Russia is still fighting for the liberation of American influence in its technology sector. Minister of Communications of the country announced plans to create a new mobile operating system to challenge iOS and Android in all BRICS countries.
Meanwhile, another Russian company develops its own CPUs in an attempt to counter Intel and AMD.
According to the Russian newspaper RBC Finance, the Ministry of Communications and Mass Communications has launched a project to replace the Android and iOS, held a meeting with representatives of the Finnish company Jolla, which discussed the issue of creating a new mobile operating system open source Sailfish.
Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov told RBC that wants to reduce by 2025 the share of non-Russian mobile operating systems up to 50%. According to analysts from Gartner, Android's market share of mobile operating systems in Russia is 81%, and 15% owned by iOS.
Sailfish OS now owned only 0.5% of the Russian market, which is even lower than Windows Mobile and Blackberry. But thanks to the open source code of the operating system, which allows any interested party to use it as a basis for their own software, but also because of the lack of relations with the United States (unlike Android, which has the same open source code, but it is almost completely controlled by the google) Sailfish is a strong contender for the role of the future Russian open system.
Jolla company founded by former employees of the Finnish Nokia, departed from there, when Nokia decided to abandon its MeeGo operating system, which was in its infancy, and opted to work on smartphones exclusively Microsoft. A key component was the MeeGo open source, and new employees Jolla Sailfish created on its basis.
In the future, we are hoping to expand Nikiforov Sailfish, turning it into a full-fledged international system. Shortly after the meeting with representatives Jolla, he said that this operating system "creates a Finnish-Russian-Chinese company," to which one day may join "India, Brazil and South Africa." Thus, in the long term it can take advantage of all the associations of the BRICS member countries. Nikiforov told RBC that hopes to connect to this job IT-companies from other BRICS countries. Member States may create for their employees more incentives, paying from the state treasury 20% of their working time, they should be given to work on the collective initiatives of BRICS, such as the new OS.