Russia Eyes Sailfish OS To Loosen Death Grip From Apple iOS, Google Android
Nikiforov knows he faces a huge uphill battle and that chipping away at the market shared owned by Android and iOS will take time. However, he hopes that by 2025 the use of non-Russian mobile OSes will drop to 50 percent.
Why bother? Russia likely fears that having so much software tied to the U.S. makes it susceptible to spy efforts, especially in the wake of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden blowing the whistle on the U.S. governments extensive spy program.
Looking even further than 10 years down the line, Nikiforov wants the transition to Sailfish to become an international thing. By way of a Twitter post, he noted that the OS "creates a Finnish-Russian-Chinese company" that could eventually include "India, Brazil, and South Africa."