Last month, it was reported that the European Commission is planning to impose a record antitrust fine of about 3 BILLION euros (US$3.4 Billion) on Google for violating antitrust laws.
Not just Europe, Google also lost an anti-monopoly appeal in Russia two months back against ruling for violating its dominant position with the help of its Android mobile OS by forcing its own apps and services like Google Map, Youtube, and others, on users — reducing competition.
Now to put an end to the monopoly of major mobile Operating System, Russians are developing their own mobile operating system to compete with Android, iOS, and Windows mobile OS.
The Minister of Russian Communication Ministry, Nikolai Nikiforov tweeted last month about the initiative to develop a new Russian mobile operating system, for which the Russian company Open Mobile Platform (Открытая Мобильная Платформа) is hiring developers, testers and security engineers.
Open Mobile Platform is developing a Linux-based mobile operating system for big business and privacy seekers who are looking for "trusted" mobile solutions.
The new mobile operating system will be developed on the top of Sailfish OS, a product developed by the Finnish company Jolla formed by former Nokia engineers, which is now registered in Hong Kong.
According to Nikiforov, the Russian Federation agreed with the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China And South Africa) countries to join efforts to Sailfish OS development in response to the total domination of US software, i.e. Microsoft Windows, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS that fully control most of the world’s IT-market.
The new Russian mobile operating system will be targeted at the mass audience, and smartphones based on the new OS will be inexpensive, OMP President Grigory Berezkin said in an interview with Vedomosti, a Moscow business newspaper.
Meanwhile, Russia is also working on the development of its own version of Tizen operating system that can be used on smartphones, tablets, laptops as well as the Internet of things (IoT) devices.
For this, Nikiforov revealed that the Russian Federation wants to hire homegrown developers to migrate popular apps from Android and iOS mobile platforms to Tizen as well as Sailfish OS. He also suggests Tizen devices will be launched widely in Russia soon.
Russia is not alone, who is developing its own operating system. China has also developed a Desktop Operating System named NeoKylin (and ‘Kylin’ in Chinese), which is already running on more than 40-50 percent of commercial units sold in the country by Dell.