Huawei using Sailfish OS fork on tablets for Russian census project

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Chinese war electronics manufacturer Huawei plans to send a Russian variant of the Jfish & Sailfish operating system in 360,000 tablets intended to be used to conduct the Russian population census, according to a Reuters. report published on Monday.

This project occurs when Huawei seeks alternatives to Android, after the US government. UU. I placed it in the "List of entities", which blacklists the company so that it does not acquire technology of American origin to use in its own products. This blacklist does not affect Huawei's ability to use the open source AOSP public repository. It prevents the use of Google Play services, through which vital APIs are provided for the integration of Google Maps into applications, as well as Play Store, the default Android application store.

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TechRepublic first reported the likelihood of Huawei adopting the Sailfish operating system as a "Plan B" mobile OS in April 2018, more than a year before the blacklisting of Huawei by the US government. UU. The "Sailfish China Consortium" was founded in 2017 to "develop solutions based on the Sailfish operating system for secure smartphones, the automotive industry, TV, IoT and smart watches." Huawei announced the Microkernel-based HarmonyOS, also known as Hongmeng, in August, which is intended for devices "such as smart watches, smart displays, vehicle systems and smart speakers," according to Steve Ranger of ZDNet.

The Huawei Watch GT, launched earlier this year, uses Huawei's internal "LiteOS," which will "merge with HarmonyOS in the future," a Huawei spokesperson told TechRepublic, although it is unclear if the Watch GT itself will be migrated. CNET reported in August that it has no plans to launch a smartphone with Harmony technology in 2019.

Sailfish's position as the last smartphone operating system of the "third pillar" standing

Sailfish OS is effectively the last smartphone operating system of the remaining "third pillar", as the duopoly between Android and iOS has squeezed Windows 10 Mobile, BlackBerry 10, webOS, Firefox OS and Ubuntu Touch as operating systems for smartphones. The last three live as smartphone operating systems, as does Samsung's Tizen operating system, which is also used in the Galaxy Watch.

Sailfish OS is a fork of Mer, in itself a fork of MeeGo, which was originally a combination of Moblin and Maemo. After the failed launch of the Jolla tablet, Jolla left the hardware market and continued the development of the Sailfish operating system for licensing third-party companies, including Rostelecom. Jolla offers direct sales to the consumer of Sailfish for Sony Xperia X, Xperia XA2 and Planet Gemini, which includes the Alien Dalvik runtime, which provides compatibility with Android applications.

Huawei's commitment to shipping Sailfish seems strong. "This is a pilot project. We see it as the first stage of the launch of the Russian operating system on Huawei devices," a source told Reuters.

The scope of further development of Sailfish from Rostelecom is unclear, although Jolla's relatively small team faces a great effort to make Sailfish parity with Android. Sailfish OS 3.1, launched in July, added file system encryption, which was added in 2014 with the release of Lollipop.

Sailfish is also in development for the Pinephone, a phone produced by the PINE64 project.

For more information, see "Huawei does not see open source as the solution for espionage allegations (but should)" and "The open source POWER ISA points to Intel and Arm for accelerator-driven computing" in TechRepublic

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Jolla & # 39; s Sailfish OS on a Sony Xperia smartphone.

Image: Jolla

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