Russia Plans to Free Itself From iOS and Android, Develops new OS called Sailfish
Russia is all set to give iPhone and Android tough competition as works are under way and the new software will be on the open-source mobile phone OS called Sailfish.
Russia’s ministry of communications started this project initially to free themselves from the US based Android and iPhone software. In the process, they discussed the project with Jolla, Finland phone maker. According to RBC, Russia’s financial newspaper, this news and collaboration is confirmed.
The new development will be spread across all BRICS nations. Sailfish operating system owns only 0.5 percent of the total market share currently. According to Nikolay Nikiforov (Minister of communication and mass media, Russia), they are expecting other operating systems to drop drastically by 50 percent by the year 2025.
Use of operating system with open code in public and private sectors taking into account technical, economic and political factors and possibilities for creation of international industrial consortium for development of alternative software products on the base of open operating system and relying on collaboration with BRICS-countries. They all worry about existing monopoly on global software market and support us in this sphere.
81 percent of Russia’s operating system market share is owned by Android, while iOS garners around 15 percent, according to Gartner’s analyst. These figures are even below BlackBerry and Windows Phones. Sailfish is expected to expand internationally involving Finland, Russia and China currently and South Africa, Brazil and India later in the future.
Employees of other BRICS country’s IT companies will be paid for working on this initiative and asked to render 20 percent of their time to this project.
Ex-Nokia employees who left company after discarding the MeeGo OS for working with Windows phones exclusively, built Jolla. The basis of Sailfish revolves around the original MeeGo open-source core module which is developed by Jolla.