According to web application security specialists, we are a couple of months away from the blockage on Huawei imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration being concreted, so the company will no longer be able to install Google software on its devices (unless U.S. justice delays the ban by a couple of years).
In other words, the Chinese technology company will have to work at forced marches to find a solid platform on which to implement a new operating system; for now, the most viable option for Huawei is on Russian territory.
Since the U.S. government decided to place Huawei on this “commercial blacklist”, the tech firm is prohibited from working with software and components of U.S.-based companies. This means that when the ban is made, Huawei will also need to stop working with Android, the Play Store app store and Google’s major mobile services, such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, etc.
Recently, web application security specialists began to report that Huawei might be considering working with Aurora, an operating system developed by Russian specialists on the open source platform Sailfish. This system was designed as an alternative to using Android as the main operating system for smartphones.
In addition, Huawei has already made available to users around one million smartphones with Hongmeng operating system; the company expects feedback from those who decide to try this operating system option.
Guo Ping, Huawei’s vice president, would have met with Konstantin Noskov, the Russian Minister of Digital Development and Communications, to discuss the eventual implementation of the Aurora operating system on the Chinese manufacturer’s devices. Vladimir Putin has also reportedly shown interest in Russia collaborating directly with Huawei, even a meeting between Putin and Xi Jinping, China’s president, could even be arranged.
According to web application security specialists at the International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS), Huawei’s priority is to ensure the operation of its smart devices as soon as possible, which is really possible in collaboration with Russian technology sector.