For a few years now, we have been back in a kind of cold War, with Russia on one side and Europe and the United States on the other. The tensions between the two blocks are palpable. We can cite the recent demonstrations of force in Crimea, or the military parade worthy of the Soviet period which took place in early May in Red Square in Moscow. But we can also talk about the technological arms race in which the Kremlin has just launched.
Nikolai Nikiforov, the Russian Minister of Communication, has indeed announced that his country is plummeting on its own mobile operating system so as to crowd out Google and its Android but also Apple and its iOS. While foreign mobile OS represents 95% of the market today, it expects a proportion of 50% within 10 years. The objective is therefore to emancipate from western companies, but not only.
According to Nikolai Nikiforov, a Russian OS would allowavoid NSA surveillance revealed by the Edward Snowden case, in order to protect the personal data of the Russian population …
Vladimir Putin, head of Russia
To design its own mobile environment, Russia would have turned to Finnish society Jolla, created by Nokia alumni and known for its open source Sailfish OS system. The choice would be explained by the fact that russian investors are present in the capital of the firm.
The government would also like to work with BRICS country (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to take advantage of the good shape of markets like China or India. The thing seems however compromised for the first, knowing that he too is working on his own OS with the China Operating System project which could materialize in 2015 or 2016.
When willOS made in France supported by our government? When he was Minister of the Economy, Arnaud Montebourg had suggested the idea, which seems since fallen into oblivion.