After the US ban, the most pressing need for Huawei is to get a proper replacement for Android on its phones. This is the first priority. That’s because even if it has hardware ready, it can’t possibly make it useful without Android. One of the big alternatives that has emerged in recent weeks is Huawei’s home-grown Ark OS or Hongmeng OS whatever it might be called. However, a new report emerging from Russia suggests a completely new possibility – Aurora OS. Never heard of it? Well, let us give you the details.
Aurora OS is actually a modified version of Linux-based Sailfish OS which is made by Jolla, a Finnish company. The big point is that Aurora is compatible with Android apps whereas Ark OS isn’t, as per latest reports.
According to Forbes, a report from Russian outlet The Bell, Huawei’s rotating chairman Guo Ping “discussed the possible transition of Chinese smartphones to Sailfish with [Russia’s] minister of digital development and communications, Konstantin Noskov.” Also, the same proposition was discussed between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping at 2019 St Petersburg International Economic Forum. This discussion between the two leaders could also lead to closer ties between the country as Huawei is also considering the joint production of chips and software.
It is still to be seen what Huawei ends up doing as it considers all options at its disposal right now. And we will keep watch with a great vigil.