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With the secure Kaspersky OS operating system, Kaspersky Lab is designing its own smartphone. The handset will have basic software and its own browser. Maybe in the immediate future, the organisation will also establish its own app store.
Fresh smartphone from Kaspersky
‘Kaspersky Lab’ is creating a new smartphone that is stable. The Kaspersky OS secure operating system computer will have basic applications and its own browser, Evgeny Kaspersky, head of the group, told RIA Novosti .
Do not expect perfection from both Android and iOS, this mobile will do other special tasks,” says Eugene Kaspersky. “There will be limited features.
Kaspersky clarified that the computer would be able to call and send SMS messages, an office suite, a minimally usable browser and a normal set of software will be installed, such as an alarm clock and a calculator.
The appearance of an application store on such an OS is not yet planned, but anything close to the App Store may exist in the future, according to the head of the company. We would most likely make our own first, and then we will be prepared to lure other app stores. We realize that without a broad ecosystem, this project will not take off, so we are ready to draw partners,’ he said.
Kaspersky Lab is designing a smartphone with a secure Kaspersky OS operating system.
In an interview with the Financial Times on December 6, 2020, Kaspersky talked about plans to diversify the operations of the organization, which also develops anti-drones for airports and landowners, and also develops tools for automated voting based on blockchain technology.
The domestic safe smartphone was already created by the Infowatch company in Russia. In 2014, the Taigafon project was started. The idea of the system was to have safe access to corporate communications, as consumer communications, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, will leak out in different ways on an ordinary smartphone.
In December 2019, the plant, which turned out to be a loss for the business of $ 40 million, was closed. The head of the Natalya Kasperskaya corporation (former wife of Eugene Kaspersky).
“It was necessary to jailbreak the device (get administrator rights), i.e., “bite into the operating system,” to implement secure access tools. “An Infowatch employee first attempted to modify the Android operating system on a Sony Xperia device. The manufacturer tracked the interference with the firmware of the handset, however, and first closed the connection of the hacker to the Google Play app store, and then blocked the product itself. As a consequence, a smartphone is worth $80-100,000. “He turned into a pumpkin,” Kaspersky explained.
In this respect, based on its own alteration of the Android operating system, the decision was made to build its own computer. In 2017, the serial unit was launched and costs around $ 150. The government of North Ossetia was amongst the earliest users of the smartphone. The administrator of the business may monitor the position of the ‘Taiga’ users remotely uninstall all system content and restrict access to some functions.
Taigafon was merged with the Delo electronic document management system by the Ministry of Communications of North Ossetia in 2018 and expected to buy 5,000 units.
Weak technological characteristics and the lack of software were the reason for the failure of the ‘Taigafon’ – the software for the basic Android edition was not compatible with the unit. The head of Infowatch clarified that corporate consumers, who were supplied with the system, were continually calling for changes, and different users had different criteria.
As a consequence, the company discovered that billions of dollars worth of other capital and expenditures were needed to promote the device and agreed to abandon Taigafon’s further growth.
Other attempts to build smartphones for Russia
Some firms have also attempted to build a domestic smartphone. In 2010, the Skartel (Yota brand) telecommunications company produced a smartphone with support for fourth generation (4G) YotaPhone networks, the key aspect of which was the inclusion of a second electronic document’ monitor.
The production of the commodity was then split into a separate company, YotaDevices, co-owned by Rostec State Corporation. Two generations of YotaPhone systems have been launched by the business.
The Chinese company China Baoli became a major shareholder of YotaDevices in 2016, using the company’s technologies for its own goods.
The state company Rostec withdrew from the project in 2018, and the corporate head structure was declared bankrupt in 2019.