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New Russian law requiring all smart devices to be pre-installed with Russian software takes effect.

New Russian law requiring all smart devices to be pre-installed with Russian software takes effect.

It is now a law. All smart devices not limited to computers, smartphones, and smart televisions have to be pre-installed with the country’s software.

Some Russians have coined the phrase “law against Apple” about this new requirement.

This new law came into effect on Thursday 1st April.

Applicability impacts on all devices brought into the country from the stated date onwards.

Reuters noted that Russia views this new development positively.

Notably as way that can help the Russian software companies to compete with other international companies.

The outlet also added that the new law had been an issue for Apple, with many locals terming it a “law against Apple.”

Reuters reported that Apple last month agreed for people to install Russian Software during the phone set-ups.

Apple company agreed to offer apps from Russian developers to users when they start to set up and activate their new phones.

However, they insisted that the new apps will have to be checked to ensure that they comply with Apple’s privacy and security policies.

In application:

This will give users options to choose Russian apps instead of foreign apps in the process of setting up their devices. 

An iOS developer named Tian Zhang on Thursday tweeted a video to show the new setup procedure.

On the setup screen procedure, there is, “In compliance with Russian legal requirements, continue to view available apps to download.”

By tapping “Continue,” the user is then taken to a list of Russian-made apps which includes some from Yandex, a search giant.

It can be noted that Russia has been attempting to crack down on the United States tech companies in its country.

This is a move aimed at strengthening its reliance on its government-controlled “sovereign internet.” 

Russia last month slowed down Twitter after the company refused to get rid of various banned content.

They ended up blocking several domains including the Kremlin’s website.

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