“VK Messenger” has become mandatory for pre-installation on smartphones and tablets for the Russian market
It replaced “Aska” – the ICQ messenger, which was mandatory before that
The “VK Messenger” application became mandatory for pre-installation on smartphones and tablets that will be sold in Russia in 2023. Such an order of the Government of the Russian Federation was published on the official portal of legal information. According to him, “VK Messenger” must be pre-installed on all smartphones and tablets running iOS and Android operating systems. This application has replaced the ICQ messenger, which was previously listed as a must for devices targeted at the Russian market.
Also, the list of applications required for pre-installation includes Yandex services (Yandex Browser, Yandex Maps, Yandex Disk), Mail.ru Mail, Marusya voice assistant, Public Services, Russian social networks VKontakte ; and Odnoklassniki, Kaspersky Free antivirus, Mir Pay mobile payment system and the AppList catalog of Russian applications for smartphones and tablets. By the way, in addition to “VK Messenger”, the updated list has one more innovation: instead of the application “Litres: read and listen”; The Books & Audiobooks app has become a must.