Sailfish OS changed its name to Aurora OS in Russia

Aurora OS

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The mobile operating system Sailfish OS developed by the Finnish company Jolla based on MeeGo was renamed Aurora OS in Russia. Due to poor development, Jolla’s current business is mainly to authorize other companies to use its operating system. In 2016, the Russian company Open Mobile Platform (OMP) was licensed to develop the Russian version of Sailfish OS.

Aurora OS
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Russia’s largest telecommunications company, Rostelecom, acquired a three-quarters stake in OMP last year, and the company just announced that it will develop the Russian version of Sailfish OS under the new brand.

The biggest difference between Aurora OS and Sailfish OS is the stripping of the Android compatibility layer, which means it won’t be able to run Android apps. Aurora OS is mainly used by government departments and state-owned enterprises.