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Huawei Exploring Linux-based Sailfish OS Fork As Its Android Alternative

Huawei’s paradise is currently in trouble due to the US ban imposed on it and Google (among many companies) banning it as well. The company has received some temporary relief but it doesn’t mean everything is fine. So, in the search for an Android alternative (which Huawei needs badly), the Chinese company seems to be opting for an existing OS instead of a new one.

According to a Russian site The Bell, Huawei is likely to go for Aurora OS, which is a Sailfish OS fork. The Russian OS is based on open-source Sailfish OS Linux operating system, made by Finnish company Jolla. Back in 2016, Sailfish got the status of the “only mobile OS in Russia to be used in government corporation and their mobile device projects.”

While Sailfish OS is relatively unpopular in the mobile world, the operating system is known for privacy and security that could prove beneficial for Huawei which can utilize the very trait for its smartphones. Sailfish OS is also known to be compatible with Android apps as well.

However, I am not sure if the adoption of the Aurora OS would prove to be a viable option for Huawei.

For the uninitiated, Aurora OS is not the only option Huawei has been considering; the company is also planning to develop its own OS, dubbed the Hongmeng OS for which the company Huawei has also filed for a trademark in around nine countries.

Hence, it is safe to say that before reaching a decision, Huawei is thoroughly looking for options to finally decide on its present and the future.

As a reminder, following the ban on Huawei in the US, Huawei has just three months during which it will receive Android updates. To find out what Huawei has finally decided on, stay tuned to Fossbytes.

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