The Federal Antimonopoly service of Russia plans to introduce a new law forcing electronics manufacturers to preinstall on their devices Russian software.
Large corporations like Apple and Microsoft have to replace the built-in apps on domestic counterparts. For example, the messenger TamTam developed by the social network Odnoklassniki, performs the same function as iMessage and WhatsApp. Streaming service Yandex.Music works the same way as Apple Music, Google Music and so on.
While it is difficult to tell whether the authorities to force Western companies to install their products IN Russian. If on Windows and Android, they still will be able to influence, but with Apple to negotiate are unlikely to succeed. The iPhone maker has always insisted on the “purity” brand of operating systems and even the us communications providers are forbidden to download in your smartphone and tablets third-party applications.
Also, the authors of the law will require the developers of operating systems and electronics manufacturers to implement the ability to remove all built-in apps. For example, almost all Android smartphones are now established products to third party companies, and they are very difficult to remove. Sometimes it is impossible, without hacking the device.
However, changes will not happen soon. The law is developed only in September 2018. In what form it will be submitted to that moment, unknown.
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