The state Duma in the first reading adopted a bill requiring manufacturers of smartphones, computers and TVs with Smart TV function preinstall equipment Russian software. Informal project dubbed the “law against Apple” — as the company does not practice such interference in the iOS ecosystem.
At present, amendments to article No. 4 of the RF Law “On protection of consumer rights”, requiring manufacturers to preinstall on their products ON the Russian, actively supported by the government. If the project is approved in subsequent readings, it will enter into force on 1 July 2020, that will be a threat of finding the Apple in the Russian market. The reason, as experts assume, in principle, the position of the company, concerning iOS, Apple never pre-installed ON the private third-party apps.

As the representative of the Association of trading companies and manufacturers of consumer electronic and computer equipment Anton Guskov, if the law is passed, manufacturers will be forced to reconsider its business model work in Russia. “These requirements are technically infeasible from many manufacturers and may lead to withdrawal from the Russian legal market in Russia number of large manufacturers. As a result, begin to grow gray sale equipment such manufacturers, which in any case would not be pre-installed Russian applications,” he says.

The main purpose of the amendments to article No. 4 of the RF Law “On protection of consumer rights” — to provide access of Russian developers on the global market for mobile devices. The list of Russian applications to be preset is not specified — it will be determined by the government, forming a specific list of equipment and types of software.

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