Contrary to media reports, the ministry of South Korea is not planing to develop a smartphone platform to rival Google.
Instead, the government is planning to provide software assistance to small and medium-sized businesses to help them compete better in a market dominated by larger firms.
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, media reports about the government developing a rival to Google and Apple appeared after a deputy minister in South Korea’s ministry of commerce suggested that the program it was developing for SMBs could be expanded to create a rival to Android.
This of course is not going to happen and those developing the software for the government, along with senior ministry officials, seem to confirm this .
“It totally doesn’t make sense. This isn’t the 80s. Do you think it is possible for the government to now lead private companies or make them develop certain technology? Big companies already have enormous financial firepower, but small IT companies don’t. We don’t have any plans to support major companies or develop anything with those companies,” said Chung Tai-myoung, a professor at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul.