Although Huawei allegedly works on its own mobile operating system, the company can look elsewhere for its Android option. That something else is allegedly a Russian-made fork by the Sailfish OS, reported The Bell on Monday.
Huaii's CEO Guo Ping discussed discussed the possibility of using the Sailfish OS on Huawei units with Konstantin Noskov, Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media in Russia. Based on the alleged call, Huawei is already testing devices with the pre-installed Aurora OS.
Ping has also reported discussing the possibility of partially moving production to Russia. The joint production would be of chips and units.
Huawei and Russia's round digital service provider Rostelcom refused to comment on the discussions, but the latter said it is open to working with mobile solution developers. Apparently, the two companies link Grigory Berezkin, a Rostelcom and Russian businessman who owns the developer behind the Aurora OS.
What is Sailfish OS and what does it mean for Huawei?
Registration as a blip in the face of Android and iOS, Sailfish OS is a Linux distribution developed by the people behind Nokia's convicted MeeGo OS. Sailfish OS is pre-installed on four devices, but can be installed on Sony Xperia X, XA2, XA2 Plus and XA2 Ultra.
What helps make Sailfish OS appealing to users is its open source code. Everyone can get the source code and play with the software as they fit. It runs unlike Android, which is also open source, but has software that runs on top of what is not.
Other features include Android app compatibility, a gesture-based navigation system, shortcuts for to reveal certain UI elements and multi-tasking reminiscent of what you see today on Android and iOS.
This would be a clever move on the Huawei part if it went with Sailfish OS. The company does not have to throw nearly as many resources to develop and market a new mobile operating system, a herculean task of any part of the imagination. There's still the problem of having to download Android apps, but Huawei can create a Sailfish OS compatible app store.
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