The Russian State Duma, the lower house of the parliament, has passed in the third reading a bill requiring pre-installation of Russian-made software on all smartphones sold in Russia, lobbying for the interests of Russian developers.
Along with smartphones, the new legislation will affect computers and Smart TV. It is yet unknown which apps will be installed on the gadgets – the list will be drawn up by the government, RBC writes.
Russians will no longer need to install additional mobile apps on their phones, as their new gadgets will be equipped with all they need, the lawmakers note without hiding that the move backs the interests of Russian IT companies. The new law will take effect next summer.