Russia To Pay Local Devs To Migrate Apps To Tizen, Sailfish

TechCrunch

The U.S. mobile ecosystem duopoly has been the big story of tech for the past six+ years. And continues to be mobile’s unshakeable reality — with Android and iOS collectively cutting themselves a 96 per cent share of the device market (per Gartner figures for Q3 2014).

Not everyone is happy about this lack of geopolitical diversity in the mobile space, though. Russia for one wants to see less U.S.-centricity, at least domestically — and is apparently willing to dip into its pockets to encourage developers to migrate apps to other mobile platforms.

Specifically Russia wants to support the Samsung-led Tizen open source effort, and also Jolla’s Sailfish OS — which has been developed in Europe (Finland), and is an extension of the open source MeeGo project (although notably Sailfish is not (yet) itself open sourced).

Tweeting from a conference at the weekend, Nikolai Nikiforov, the Russian Federation’s Minister of Communications and Mass Communications, called for…

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