Samsung has begun to comply with the requirements of the Russian government to preinstall Russian software on its smartphones. This was figured out by 3DNews. To make the necessary changes, the company has released a major update weighing over 1.3 GB.
Apparently, the update has not yet affected all smartphone models. There is no official confirmation of the information yet. While it is known about the release of the corresponding patches for the Galaxy A51, Galaxy A72 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. At the same time, the changes have not yet affected the Galaxy S10 series (Galaxy S10 + and Galaxy S10 Lite, belonging to the editorial staff, have not yet received such updates).
Apparently, the list of installed applications is different for users. With the update, Yandex.Browser, Yandex.Disk and a number of other services appeared on smartphones. ICQ and 2GIS appeared in some, but not all. It is impossible to remove them using traditional methods.
According to 42.TUT.BY, Belarusian users reported a similar update. At the same time, they have nothing to do with Russia – users claim that smartphones were purchased from official retailers in Belarus. Despite this, the update contains Russian regulations. Employees of Samsung’s Minsk office said that the update is related to the principle of a free internal market in the EAEU. Thus, the changes also affected the Belarusian devices.
The law on the pre-installation of domestic software was signed in 2019. It obliges manufacturers to install Russian software on smartphones, computers, tablets and TVs with Smart TVs. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, its entry into force has been postponed twice. The date was last named April 1, 2021.
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