Jolla Sailfish OS Is Rising as The Main Alternative to Android in Russia

Mobile platforms cake is distributed very unevenly between the two main actors. On the one hand have to iOS that according to the latest data from Strategy Analytics maintains its 12.1%, while Android is declared undisputed leader with an overwhelming 87.5%, leaving only a 0.3% for other mobile proposals.

Against this background, it is very difficult that minority operating systems can grow and end up condemned to that ridiculous 0.3%, but there are other options. Sailfish OS Jolla has found an ally in the Russian Government, which in its effort to move away from the duopoly of foreign mobile systems, has certified a version adapted from this platform for their official use both Government and corporate level.

Russia does not want to depend on foreign solutions

The Russian Government does not see with good eyes the fact that the mobile market is dominated by only two systems, and are also solutions coming from the United States, so they have been looking for alternatives for a long and they have found it Jolla and his Sailfish OS.

The Finnish company created by ex-employees of Nokia was one of the options in the search along with Tizen, the solution that Samsung is implementing some of its products, but finally Sailfish OS won the game and already enjoys the official certification.

To be more precise, the certificate system is an adapted version of Sailfish OS created with the Russian company OMP (Open Mobile Plattform) that have been implemented some additional security layers to make it suitable for institutional use, but according to Jolla keeps the intact kernel.

In 2015, Russia depended on 95% of the Android/iOS duopoly, but the Government hopes to reduce this percentage at least in the next ten years, until planted in 50% by 2025. Your first step has been the certification of Sailfish OS, but viewing figures will not be an easy task, especially if they only focus on the corporate market.

A ray of hope for minority platforms?

The case of Jolla in Russia It could set a precedent for other countries seeking an independent operating system and away from the proposals that currently dominate the market, but as we said if they focus on institutional and corporate market will remain minority solutions.

In the case of the platform from La Jolla, there are possibilities to that end up being also an alternative for the user of a foot that is compatible with the Android apps, so Save the obstacle that faces most new systems: the shortage of apps. The decline of Windows Mobile is closely related to the lack of commitment of developers, and the same happens with other systems such as Firefox OS or Ubuntu.

For the moment, Sailfish OS stands as the main alternative to Android in Russia, but the proposal has a long way to go. Jolla has been working in this process of certification at least for a year and a half and is not expected to arrive the first devices approved until 2017. Furthermore, the company does not plan to throw more hardware if not that will focus on this new strategy.

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