Incubated company IIT Madras develops BharOS which has no default apps

Local company JandK Operations Private Limited, which was incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, has developed a new operating system called BharOS. The company said the operating system can be installed on business phones and doesn’t come with default apps, giving users more choice about which apps they want on their devices.

In addition, the company said that BharOS also provides access to trusted apps from organization-specific Private App Store Services (PASS). It has a curated list of apps that have been vetted by organizations security and privacy standards.

BharOS services are currently offered to organizations with strict privacy and security requirements.


“BharOS offers ‘Native Over The Air’ (NOTA) updates that can help keep devices secure. NOTE updates are automatically downloaded and installed on the device, without the need for the user to manually initiate the process. This ensures that the device is always running the latest version of the operating system, which includes the latest security patches and bug fixes. With NDA, PASS and NOTE, BharOS ensures that Indian mobile phones are reliable,” said Karthik Ayyar, COO of JandK.

JandKops is incubated by IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation, which is funded by the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NMICPS) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

“BharOS Service is a mobile operating system built on a foundation of trust, with a focus on giving users more freedom, control and flexibility to choose and use only the apps that fit their needs,” said V. Kamakoti, Director , IIT Madras. .


The operating system was launched on the day the Supreme Court refused to grant a stay to Android maker Google, with a fine of ₹1337.76 crore by the Competition Commission of India (ICC). The ICC in October accused Google of violating competition laws by pre-installing its own apps on Android devices and not allowing users to remove them.

The Indian government is also said to be working on an indigenous mobile operating system to compete with Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, called IndOS.

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