Google left China. So, why not? Here’s the deal. Russia has a new law that requires smartphones to come pre-loaded with software from Russian developers. Apple does not allow third-party apps to be pre-installed.
What to do?
Andrew Orr explains the mess.
The law was pitched as a way to help Russian companies compete with foreign companies, as well as spare consumers from needing to download software upon the purchase of a device.
Which apps? Nobody seems to have a list but I sense this will not end well for Apple customers in Russia, or Apple.
With an authoritarian country like Russia, this move is a security threat as these apps would most likely be used to monitor peoples’ online activity. The country has already made similar moves like forcing search engines to censor some search results, requiring messaging apps to share encryption keys with the government, and having social media companies keep Russian user data on servers within the country.
This could be a trend that Apple cannot stop.