Although Huawei is reported to be working on its own mobile operating system, the company may be looking elsewhere for its Android alternative. That's another allegedly a Sailfish OS fork made in Russia, reported The Bell on Monday.
Guo Ping, CEO of Huawei, reportedly discussed with Konstantin Noskov, the Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of Russia, the possibility of using Sailfish OS on Huawei devices. Due to the alleged conversation, Huawei is already testing devices with the preinstalled Aurora operating system.
Ping also reportedly discussed the possibility of partially relocating production to Russia. The joint production would consist of chips and devices.
Rostov, a digital services provider run by Huawei and Russia, declined to comment on the discussions, but said it was open to working with mobile solution developers. Allegedly, Grigory connects Berezkin, a Rostelcom and Russian businessman, who owns the developer behind Aurora OS.
What is Sailfish OS and what does it mean for Huawei?
Registering as a slip-up to Android and iOS, Sailfish OS is a Linux distribution developed by the people behind the doomed MeeGo OS from Nokia. Sailfish OS is preinstalled on four devices but can be installed on the Sony Xperia X, XA2, XA2 Plus and XA2 Ultra.
What makes Sailfish OS attractive to users is its open-source nature. Everyone can get the source code and play around with the software as it suits him. This runs counter to Android, which is also open source, but on which runs software that is not running.
However, the main attraction is the focus of Sailfish OS on privacy. Jolla will only collect information necessary to perform its services and will not sell your information to third parties without your consent. In addition, Jolla will not collect any information without your consent.
This would be a clever move by Huawei if it came with Sailfish OS. The company would not have to devote nearly as much resources to developing and promoting a new mobile operating system, a Herculean task as you'd expect. There is still the problem of having to load Android apps from the site, but Huawei could set up a Sailfish OS compatible app store.
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