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Work begins on Russian rival to Android

Sailfish derivative targeted at Russian users and regulators

A Russian company called Open Mobile Platform (Открытая Мобильная Платформа) is developing its own mobile operating system to rival Android.

Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov tweeted a link to job ads seeking developers, infrastructure architects, testers and security types.

The advertiser is a company called Open Mobile Platform, founded just last month. The company is pitching the Linux-based system as something for large enterprises and privacy wonks who are seeking "trusted" mobile solutions.

It will initially be offered in Russian to meet local demands and regulatory requirements before being pitched overseas.

The operating system is reportedly built on top of the Sailfish OS, a production of Finnish company Jolla, which was formed by former Nokia engineers.

The boots-on-the-ground work comes a year Moscow said it wanted its own operating system because they're held to be strategically useful in a post-Snowden world.

Developers are sought with a variety of skill sets and at least three year's experience. ®

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