Samsung’s Z1 smartphone that was powered by another OS other than Android, Tizen, wasn’t doing as well as expected. Some reports say otherwise, but it’s really up to you to believe. If you are a part of the Tizen team, people might be worried for you. But even if you really are a Tizen team member, fret not as Samsung might find some party to make it an alternative to Android. This party is none other than the Russian Government. Unbelievable? Believe it.
Nikolai Nikiforov, Russian minister of communication, has made a series of tweets expressing that Google had a monopoly over Android, and that is not how open source OS works in his opinion. He linked several articles in discussing how Google’s control was like over the operating system. Additionally, he mentioned that Tizen, Sailfish, and Ubuntu are the true open source projects that could rival with Android.
Nikiforov mentioned that the monopoly of American companies over mobile operating systems need to be broken. He also added that Russia is ready to support the competitors of Android’s development to break the chain. This includes giving grants to developers that want to develeop Tizen or Sailfish.
In Russia, Google’s brand and presence is much weaker than other regions of the world. This situation made Samsung to make a decision on launching Tizen smartphone in Russia. The Samsung Z was announced last year, but the release of the device was delayed to give more time for the developers to create more apps.
It’s unclear whether the Russian Government will back this up, but Samsung will definitely be happy about this. They’ve made numerous efforts to launch Tizen and now it has taken off to a start. For normal person, it seems that it’s impossible to ever hear a political involvement over a smart phone operating system until today.