The list of must-have applications for smartphones in Russia is expanding even more

The Russian authorities are preparing to expand the list of applications and services that must be installed on smartphones, tablets, PCs and smart TVs. This was reported by Izvestia with reference to amendments to the current government decree, prepared by the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation (Ministry of Digital Science of Russia). 

The list will include four additional applications: an application for reading and listening to books, an online store, a service for music and radio, and one more for video conferencing. The exact names have not yet been specified. If the amendments are approved in all the necessary instances, then the changes will come into force on March 1, 2022. It is not yet clear whether these changes will only affect smartphones or also tablets, smart TVs and computers. 

Recall, on April 1, 2021, a law came into force in Russia, obliging to install certain Russian-developed applications on smartphones and other devices. The law applies to smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, laptops and personal computers manufactured and / or sold on April 1, 2021 and later. 

The list of mandatory for smartphones and tablets includes 16 applications: Yandex.Browser, Yandex search engine, Yandex.Disk, Yandex.Maps, Mail, ICQ, voice assistant Marusya, News ”, OK Live, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki, MirPay (Android only), Gosuslugi, MyOffis Documents, Kaspersky Internet Security (Android only) and

In August, changes to the list were approved, which will take effect from January 1, 2022. From now on, the requirements will apply to Apple computers (desktops and laptops with macOS operating system), not just Windows PCs. Also, the OK Video service has been added to the list of mandatory software for TVs. 

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