Migrating Apps to Tizen and Sailfish in Russia Gets you Paid
We are well aware of the fact that Android and iOS are, at this point in time, the only two major players who run the smartphones market. This ultimately means that there is no geopolitical diversity in the choices of platforms that are available to us and United States generally runs something that resembles a monopoly – or at least the Russians look at it like that.
We say that because Russia doesn’t want the two operating systems to keep running things in the Russian markets like they do everywhere else. Thee Russian government is actually taking steps to make space for other open source mobile platforms.
This goes further than a move that they simply support, they are actually willing to pay the local developers out of their pockets if they help turn the tides by migrating apps from the major platforms to other lesser known platforms namely Tizen and Sailfish.
Minister of Communications and Mass Communications for the Russian Federation, Nikolai Nikiforov was recently seen attending a conference circling around the very same agenda. Titled “de-monopolization of the global IT ecosystem,” the conference outlined the plan of action that Nikiforov wants to follow.
While attending the conference, the minister used his official Twitter profile to spread word that they will give grants to app makers who join in for the agenda. One of the tweets reads:
We give grants to developers who will migrate their applications from Android and iOS monopoly in independent Tizen and Sailfish.
He also tweeted a picture where he is holding a Samsung phone running Tizen and later on revealed that phones carrying the operating system and Sailfish will soon be sold in great numbers together in Russia.
Another open source platform that he showed his support was the world’s first Ubuntu phone by canonical – you may read up on that in detail by visiting this page.
For those of you who don’t know, Tizen is actually a Linux based operating system that is led by Samsung and Intel. This is similar to Sailfish OS which is also Linux kernel based; it is, however, used in Jolla smartphone and tablets only. Nikiforov also motioned towards other companies to come forward in the support of the two platforms other than Samsung.
We are not sure how much will the local developers be paid for showing their support to Tizen and Sailfish but hopefully that will be revealed soon.