Huawei May Use Russian OS Instead Android

Due to US sanctions, popular smartphone manufacturer is negotiating of using Russian OS called Aurora, which is based on Sailfish OS
11 June 2019   658

The Bell has received information from several unnamed sources about the discussion of the possibility of using the proprietary mobile operating system Aurora on some types of Huawei devices.

The movement in the direction of Aurora has so far limited itself only to a discussion of the possibility of using this OS, no plans have been presented. The discussion was attended by the Minister of Digital Development and Communications Konstantin Noskov and the Executive Director of Huawei. The meeting also raised the issue of creating a joint production of chips and software in Russia. The information was not confirmed at Rostelecom, but expressed willingness to cooperate.

Huawei declined to comment on the published information. At the same time, the company is developing its own mobile platform Hongmeng OS (Arc OS), providing compatibility with Android applications. The first release of Hongmeng OS is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. Two options will be offered - for China and the global smartphone market. It is alleged that Hongmeng OS has been in development since 2012 and was ready for the beginning of 2018, but was not delivered due to the use of Android as a main platform and partnership with Google.

There is evidence that for testing in China, the first batch of 1 million Hongmeng OS-based smartphones has already been distributed. Technical details are not disclosed yet and it is not clear whether the platform is built on Android code or only includes a layer for compatibility. Huawei has long been delivering its own Android edition - EMUI, it is possible that it is the basis of Hongmeng OS.

Huawei’s interest in alternative mobile systems is driven by restrictive measures introduced by the US Department of Commerce, which will restrict Huawei’s access to Android services falling under a commercial agreement with Google, as well as breaking commercial relations with ARM.

Sailfish is partly a proprietary mobile operating system with an open system environment, but closed by the user shell, basic mobile applications, QML components for building the Silica graphical interface, an interlayer for launching Android applications, a smart text input engine and a data synchronization system. The open system environment is built on the basis of Mer (fork MeeGo), which since April has been developing as an integral part of Sailfish, and packages of the Mer distribution package Nemo. On top of the Mer system components, a graphical stack is launched based on the Wayland and Qt5 library.

LineageOS Team to Report on Project Updates

Since March, the number of assemblies provided by the project replaced CyanogenMode has increased to 36 devices
03 July 2019   511

The developers of the LineageOS project, which replaced CyanogenMod after abandoning the project of Cyanogen Inc, published a report on the development of the LineageOS 16 branch based on the Android 9 platform. Since March, the number of assemblies provided by the project has increased to 36 devices. Recent changes are noted:

  • AOSP’s Night Display now controls night mode (on recent devices only, such as those with a Snapgragon 820 or more recent)
  • LiveDisplay remains available for all its other features
  • The volume panel can now be expanded to control all the various volume streams
  • The volume panel can now be optionally relocated to the left
  • Expanded quick settings are back
  • Detailed views for the following tiles are available: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Mobile Data, Location, Profiles
  • New default wallpaper and a new wallpapers app with many new, and old, wallpapers
  • Other than the usual nature, urban and abstract themed wallpapers, monochromatic and gradients wallpapers are now available
  • Privacy Guard now supports apps in the Work Profile
  • It’s possible to add up to two LockScreen shortcuts again
  • Circle battery is back after being missing since LineageOS 13.0
  • Notification ringtone level can be unlinked from phone calls ringtone level
  • GPS battery saving mode can now be enabled from the Settings
  • Vim has been updated to version 8.1
  • Nano has been updated to version 4.2
  • Fixed issue were using certain private DNS caused devices to crash thanks to backported fix from Q
  • Support for bluetooth SBC DualChannel HD has been added (both 15.1 and 16.0)
  • Performance improvements for Eleven (music player app) (both 15.1 and 16.0)
  • Updated call recording configurations (both 15.1 and 16.0)

Additionally, developers mark the termination of the formation of assemblies LineageOS 15.1 for Google Nexus 4, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Nvidia Shield Tablet, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9 + and ZTE Axon 7.

Get more info at official website.