Twitter support for open mobile ecosystem

    At the PGconf conference on February 6-7, the Minister of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov revealed some details of the upcoming “demonopolization of the global IT ecosystem”.

    What is this problem and what are the ways to solve it, according to the minister?

    The duopoly of the American and, as a consequence, the global mobile market has not changed its borders over the past 6 years. And until now, its borders continue to look unshakable with 96% of the market divided between the two largest platforms: Apple iOS and Android.

    Dependence on global, and initially American companies, the desire to be independent also prompted Nikolai Nikiforov to join the discussion of Tizen - a platform promoted mainly by Apple in the global market rival Samsung. And besides this - look towards Sailfish OS, developed in Finland, although it is a branch of the open MeeGo, by itself is not yet “open” to the end.

    On February 5, the following message appeared on the minister’s official twitter:

    A little later, already at the conference itself, Mr. Nikiforov, purposefully or not, also announced the possibility of issuing grants and supporting domestic developers who want to migrate from the platforms currently used to Tizen and Sailfish.

    Last month, Samsung officially launched sales of the first Tizen smartphones in India, and this month Nikolay Nikiforov comments on their possible appearance on the shelves of domestic sellers.

    Apart from Samsung, today no one is launching the development or release of devices on Tizen, and on this account Nikolai Nikiforov has an opinion that this cannot go on forever.

    About Sailfish - the same thing.

    According to our Minister of Communications, Android is controlled by an American company, for example, Google’s Korean giant Acer was not allowed to enter the market in 2012.

    If you try to guess the policy of our state on the basis of minister’s tweets, less Google and Apple are waiting for us, and more and more initially open platforms and devices on them.

    One thing is not clear - what amount, if at all, will be invested in the development of Tizen in Russia, to whom it will be given. TechCrunch requested the minister’s comments, but by the current moment, apparently, did not receive a response.

    But, we can conclude that if there is money, then only to domestic developers and companies.

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