Jolla, like a phoenix, originated from the ashes of Nokia and ill-fated MeeGo, but without any commercial success. These Finish smartphones ran on Sailfish OS, built on a doomed Intel platform that was nowhere parallel to Android. Needless to say, customers preferred ‘high-tech’ Android versions over Jolla’s phones. Now it seems, the company has found a potential customer in Russian government that wants to use it for private-public ventures.
Why Russia? Well, this massive country has been seeking alternatives to downplay the West. May be Putin wants to reduce his country’s dependency on American platforms like iOS and Android to 50% before 2025? Moreover, since Russians had debauched American Windows systems in an attempt to access their sensitive information countless times, why would anyone want to be a part of the same vulnerable network?
Sailfish’s compatibility with Android apps gives it an upper edge over JAVA OS. The roadmap for this collaboration has already been laid. OMP (Open Mobile Platform) has licensed Sailfish for remodeling. They’re working in association with Russian organization to build an independent OS supported by conventional coding patterns underneath. This way, it can be altered according to service integration and security requirements.
This alliance marks the beginning of geo-technological war between the East and the West. Next, Jolla intends to sell Sailfish-powered products to other the BRICS that is China, India, Brazil and South Africa. This way, the BRICS countries can reduce Western dominance on native technology and alleviate the risks of NSA/CIA keeping an eye on them.
How would other countries benefit from Sailfish OS? Because it’s an open, independent and flexible offering. Unlike its rivals, large corporates don’t exercise control on its license, thus offering an optimal platform for customization.
A couple of months down the memory lane, Russia’s Communication Minister Nikolai Nikiforov hinted at de-monopolizing the existing IT ecosystem. The authorities aimed to develop a platform that would support Jolla’s Sailfish as well as Samsung’s Tizen. Their efforts show colors, now that Sailfish-powered devices are expected to arrive in Russian market next year.