The Russian government will develop its own mobile operating system

The Russian government will develop its own mobile operating system
Ever since Edward Snowden claimed that the US government has implemented backdoors in all of the major operating systems, some of the world's major powers started looking into alternatives. 

It's in this highly sensitive international context that Russian Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov recently announced that the Russian government will create its own mobile operating system.

According to Nikiforov, the new mobile OS will be developed in collaboration with Jolla, the company behind the Linux-based Sailfish OS. Jolla was created by former Nokia employees and is based in Finland, but its ownership structure also includes both Russian and Chinese shareholders. 

In a recent post on Twitter, Nikiforov stated that the new mobile OS is a joint partnership between Finland, China, and Russia. The Russian government official also revealed that he expects Brazil, India, and South Africa to participate in the project as well.

Nikiforov did not reveal the name of the new mobile operating system, but he did mention that it will be a separate product, as opposed to an implementation of the current Sailfish version.

The Russian Communications Minister stated that about 95 percent of the phones in Russia currently run "imported" operating systems such as Android or iOS. Looking into the future, Nikiforov has hopes that this number will drop to 50 percent by 2025. Needless to say, this is a very optimistic forecast.

source: RBC via Engadget



1. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Couldn't have said it better "this is a very optimistic forecast" Not an Apple fanboy but both Android and IOS have invested billions and years of R&D to get where they are. Samsung has been working on Tizen for years now and no where on the radar

27. jos_031

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

They can even say copy any features. we will make those patents invalid here. this makes R&D cheaper. also make it illegal for other OS China . . . . . . 415 M . . 32% USA . . . . . . . 120 M . . . 9% India . . . . . . . . 80 M . . . 6% Brazil . . . . . . . 45 M . . . 3% Germany . . . . 35 M . . . 3% Russia . . . . . . 30 M . . . 2% The above table represents smartphone sales. Imagine China, India, Brazil and Russia joining hands. This will be a huge blow to many companies. but it will not mostly happen

2. dimas

Posts: 3434; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Vodka OS with Rasputin UI

26. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Hahahahaha Rasputin UI. Is it strange that I hate android skins but would buy a phone with Rasputin UI?

3. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

LOL at Russian anything other than alcohol

19. supersume

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Kaspersky, Yandex, vKontakte,, Soyuz rockets? Lol at your comment

21. OliGee

Posts: 7; Member since: May 19, 2015

What are these? Russians only made one successful rocket launch in the past 12 months. that was Buk rocket which crashed Boeing in Ukraine.

22. Velda

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Not only Soyuz, also Proton-M, LOL see Russian rocket with Mexican satellite crashes in Siberi

4. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

It is gonna developed by Nokia

5. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Mother Russia!

6. domfonusr

Posts: 1101; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I am not surprised that the Russian and Chinese governments are looking for an alternative to Android, Windows, and iOS that isn't BlackBerry. That Jolla will deliver the goods sounds like a bit of a stretch, but if Russia and China are backing this with investments into Jolla, and other nations are coming on board, then I don't see why this couldn't happen after all. My only question is this: how are they going to keep this new OS out of the hands of the NSA? Simply not selling in the US is no guarantee - they will have to ensure that they don't deliver one to an undercover CIA or FBI agent or something. I don't think they can escape the long arm of the very-capable US intelligence community for too long. Unless we are talking about a special limited-edition OS that is intended only for foreign government and military officials, I don't see this being all that 'secure'. Disclosure: I know people who work for the FBI and the NSA, and they are good people who I trust. I don't understand how Americans can vilify their own intelligence community when the great majority of people who work for the intelligence community are every-day Americans who live and work in the same communities, go to the same churches, visit the same sporting events, eat the same food from the same grocery stores, and generally live lives that are similar to any other American.

9. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

They don't need to keep it out of NSA's hands for the ones they sell in the US. As long as the ones in Russia don't have NSA backdoors, they'll be happy.

10. Mels13

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

Thats not surprise.And I think its right.Independent state wanna protect itself since Usa spies so openly.And I think the rest of world will join it if they want to be save.I think Europe in 2 years could join it too cuz Europe suffers more with all Us spying

13. TerryTerius unregistered

If you honestly think that Russia, China, or any other country capable of doing so isn't spying internationally (and many on its own citizens) then you are hilariously mis-informed. The only difference is the US spy industry is much larger and better funded.

23. OliGee

Posts: 7; Member since: May 19, 2015

Those deluded russians )))

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Russian economic are growing backward and that a bad thing for the world. I don't know how many of you can see that the world stage have changed and we may see World War III in our lifetime.

25. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

In Soviet Russia, operating system operates you.

29. Limcheethiam

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Yes, they can do it, they let all the users using their own OS by force, but if you according to the market, no one will use their system.

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