Aurora OS may be Huawei's plan B after HoneMeng OS

ByTown Kassis 2019-06-22 1009

In addition to Hongmeng, Huawei is preparing a second system, which will be the Aurora OS. Huawei will hold talks with Ministry of Communications officials over the summer to explore the possibility of using the Russian Aurora operating system, according to foreign media reports. The predecessor of Aurora is the Sailfish (swordfish) system. Sailfish was developed by Jolla (a company developed by a former Nokia employee), and the system is based on MeeGo and can run most Android applications.

Aurora OS

In 2016, Russian company Open Mobile Platform (OMP) was licensed to develop a Russian version of Sailfish OS, and Sailfish became the preferred system for the Russian government's "alternative Android" program. Rostelecom, Russia's largest telecommunications company, later acquired a 3/4 stake in OMP in 2018, further Sailfish OS, and renamed Aurora.

The biggest difference between Aurora and Sailfish is that it strips off the Android compatibility layer, that is, Aurora will not be able to run Android applications like Sailfish. At present, Aurora is mainly used by Russian government departments and state-owned enterprises.

In addition, Jolla has worked with Sony to build a custom Sailfish X system for Xperia phones, and has even released the custom ROM for some adaption models and it is compatible with Android APP.

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