Despite HongMeng OS, Sailfish OS may be another alternative to Android for Huawei smartphones

BySophia Windsor 2019-06-17 2520

Although Huawei is rumored to be working on its own mobile OS - HongMeng OS, no one has overturned the fact that the company may be looking elsewhere for an alternative to Android. Thus, according to The Bell, the replacement of Android on Huawei's smartphones may be an operating system based on Sailfish OS in Russia.

Huawei operating system

Huawei is looking at the Russian Aurora OS

Huawei operating system and Android

Huawei CEO Guo Ping reportedly discussed the possibility of using Sailfish OS on Huawei devices with Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation Konstantin Noskov. Based on the expected conversation, Huawei is already testing devices with a pre-installed Aurora operating system. In addition to the operating system, Huawei CEO and Konstantin Noskov are also expected to discuss the possibility of partial relocation of the company's processors and devices to Russia.

Huawei and Russian digital services provider Rostelecom refused to comment on the discussions, although the latter said it was open to working with developers of mobile solutions. Presumably, linking the two companies, Grigory Berezkin, Rostelecom and a Russian businessman who owns the developer of Aurora OS.

What is Sailfish OS and why Huawei may choose it

 Sailfish OS

Sailfish OS is a Linux distribution developed by the people behind Nokia's doomed MeeGo OS. The Sailfish operating system can be installed on Sony Xperia X, XA2, XA2 Plus and XA2 Ultra.

What makes Sailfish OS attractive to users is its open source code. Anyone can access its "insides" and play with the software and set it up as they see fit. This is somewhat contrary to the Android distribution policy, which also has open source code, but on top of it runs the software, which everyone does not have access to and can not be.

Other benefits include compatibility with Android applications, a pile-based navigation system, shortcuts to display certain interface elements, and multitasking, reminiscent of what we're used to seeing in Android and iOS today.

However, the main pride of Sailfish OS is its focus on privacy. The developer of Jolla does not collect any data without your consent, but only collects information necessary for the work of its services, and does not sell user data to third parties without their consent.

In my opinion, this would be a reasonable step on the part of Huawei, if it had decided to switch to Sailfish OS in case of loss of Android. Then the company would not need to spend almost the same amount of resources to develop and promote a new mobile OS, which is obviously not an easy task. Yes, the problem of the lack of Google Play and the need to download Android applications from third-party sources is still relevant, but Huawei can create its own app store, compatible with Sailfish OS.

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