Huawei is reportedly testing a Russian operating system to replace Android

Huawei is reportedly testing a Russian operating system to replace Android
Google, as you already know, has cut ties with Huawei due to the placement of the latter on the Commerce Department's Entity List. Being on the list prevents Huawei from obtaining parts and software from its U.S. supply chain. Losing its Google Play services license means that the Chinese phone manufacturer can no longer install the Google version of Android, including Google's core apps and the Play Store, on its new phones.

Even though Huawei reportedly has sent out one million devices with its own Hongmeng OS Android replacement installed in order to gather feedback from users, the company could still be considering another operating system. A Russian publication called The Bell reports (via XDA) that Huawei is looking at Aurora, an operating system built on the open source Sailfish platform.

Two unnamed sources cited in the article claim that Huawei Deputy Chairman Guo Ping spoke with the Russian Minister for Digital Development and Communications, Konstantin Noskov, about using Aurora. The latter happens to have been developed by a company jointly owned by Russian wireless provider Rostelecom and Russian businessman Grigory Berezkin. A third source claims that Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping both spoke about this very matter. And yet another source, one who works for the Chinese government, says that "China is already testing devices with Aurora installed on them." Also being discussed is the possibility that Huawei could have some of its phones produced in Russia along with chips and software.

The Aurora operating system is based on Sailfish OS, pictured here

The Aurora operating system is based on Sailfish OS, pictured here


The Sailfish OS evolved from the MeeGo gesture-based platform that was used on the Nokia N9. Despite the popularity of the device and the software (which might have been ahead of its time, this was 2011 after all), then Nokia CEO Stephen Elop decided to hitch the Nokia name to the Microsoft Windows Phone platform. That decision proved to be fateful and fatal to the Finnish company. For MeeGo, it was one and done and the Nokia team that developed it created a new company called Jolla that took MeeGo and went forward with it. And that is how Sailfish OS was born.

Will Huawei use Aurora or its own Hongmeng OS? Or will a last-second trade deal between the U.S. and China result in the removal of Huawei's name from the Entity List and allow it to once again license Google Play services? Stay right here as this fluid situation continues to develop.

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16 Comments

1. mel0524

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

No way. I will get huawei once they have Russian OS lol

3. vasra

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

It is based on a Finnish open source OS...

12. Cat97

Posts: 1767; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

You are already buying Chinese stuff and you complain about Russian stuff ? Joke of the day :)

2. vasra

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

This is all just trade negotiation bulls**t PR. China wants to make a deal, and so does Huawei. Huawei's battle is in the 5G networks, the handset business is secondary. This is all for show.

6. Fred3

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Right this is all about China and the US trying to be the first to get to 5G while Huawei is just a pawn

10. Nokfan1603

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

reply to vasra: You do realise that Huawei is worldwide number two in the handset business? Apple's business was decreasing while Huawei was increasing sales fast.

16. shm224

Posts: 259; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

what goes up fast, comes down fast )> Huawei is worldwide number two in the handset business? not anymore.

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2293; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

This could actually be a good thing if they went with Sailfish OS. I will be honest, I was very skeptical that Huawei could produce a formidable third OS to compete with Android, but if there was ever a shot it would have to be with Sailfish. If you check out the videos on YouTube on Sailfish I think you’d be impressed. It’s very fluid and different. And it runs Android apps. I think they even have their own App Store. I would vote for that to be the way to go.

5. mel0524

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

If it runs on sailfish os and will use android apps. I think it will not allowed because android is based on google apps and google will remove huawei from the android ecosystem for sure they will not be allowed to use android apps. They have to ask developers to make them new apps based on their new os instead of android

7. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

So chinese thieves and the russians working together Enjoy huawei fanboys you can keep these phones and their OS :D

9. Gadgetex

Posts: 192; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Let's see if Verizon stole anything from Huawei

13. GuitarPlayer

Posts: 58; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Lul almost anything is better then USA and Trump :)

8. yalokiy

Posts: 902; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I doubt there is much code difference from sailfish OS too grant it "Russian OS" name.

11. AllInTheReflexes

Posts: 1; Member since: 3 days ago

Wow you guys really like bashing H, why dont you take a break!

14. Leo_MC

Posts: 6638; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I thought Huawei had its own os, designed for 7y...

15. inFla

Posts: 56; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Russian and Chinese with no spyware. LOL

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