Huawei in talks to use Russia’s Aurora operating system for census (Sailfish OS fork)

Huawei in talks to use Russia’s Aurora operating system for census

Huawei in talks to use Russia’s Aurora operating system for census
Chinese telecom giant Huawei has started negotiations with Moscow to install the Russian operating system (OS) Aurora on 360,000 tablets, sources told Reuters.

Huawei has been seeking alternatives to Google’s Android after the Chinese giant was blacklisted by the US in an ongoing trade war.

The firm is reportedly in talks with the Russian government to use the Aurora operating system, currently being developed by Moscow-based firm Russian Mobile Platform, on 360,000 tablets, possibly for a population census next year.

“This is a pilot project. We see it as the first stage of launching the Russian OS on Huawei devices,” said one source.

A spokeswoman for Huawei confirmed that Huawei is in talks with the Russian Ministry of Communications. She, however, did not provide any further details.


The owner of Aurora, Russia’s state telecommunications operator Rostelecom, is the sole contractor for buying tablets to hold the population census.
“Huawei is interested in the project. It showed samples of tablets that could be used,” the source said.

“Various options for collaboration with Huawei are currently being considered with participation of the Ministry of Communications… We don’t disclose details yet, there is an agreement on confidentiality,” Rostelecom told Reuters.

Huawei, which plans to significantly increase its sales in Russia, has already contacted several Russian tech firms to create joint ventures and use their technologies. The corporation has intensified its presence in the Russian market after Washington barred US tech companies from dealing with Huawei.


Huawei said last week the US trade restrictions could cut its smartphone unit’s revenue by about $10 billion this year.
In May, the world’s biggest telecom equipment supplier and second largest smartphone manufacturer was put on an “entity list,” as part of the trade war between Washington and Beijing. The Trump administration severely restricted American companies from trading with the Chinese tech firm.

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  • uhm

    Aurora OS
    Jolla staff met with members of the Russian technology community to break ground on the new software and promote Sailfish OS, as part of Jolla’s BRICS strategy. As a result of those efforts, on 18 May 2015 the Russian minister of communications Nikolai Nikiforov announced plans to replace Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms with new software based on Sailfish. He intends it to cover 50% of Russian needs in this area during next ten years, in comparison to the 95% currently covered with western technology.[104][105] The Russian version is currently being developed under the brand name Aurora (Avrora) OS.[106][107] The Chinese multinational technology company Huawei may start using Aurora OS as Android’s replacement.[108]

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