BharOS made in India to take on Android, iOS

NEW DELHI: An Indian company mentored by IIT-Madras has come up with an indigenous mobile operating system: BharOS (short for Bharat OS), which is ready to take on Google Android and Apple iOS with a more secure system.
The operating system, launched by communications minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and education minister Dharmendra Pradhan, aims to enable businesses and private companies to set up customized operating systems according to their needs. The move comes at a time when Google is facing legal challenges in India over domain abuse and unfair practices in connection with its Android operating system. BharOS was developed by JandK Operations (JandKops), which has a 30-member team and has been incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. “Proven Indian Operating System: BharOS developed at IIT-Madras. A leap forward in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat trip,” Vaishnaw said in a tweet.
BharOS does not come with any default apps and gives users access to only trusted apps from private store services. Users are not required to use applications they are not familiar with or trust. “This is a Linux-based operating system,” said Professor V Kamakoti, director of IIT-Madras.
“We have a long way to go, but if this happens, anyone’s monopoly will be gone,” Pradhan said at the BharOS test event, without naming any companies. “The country’s poor will be the main beneficiaries of a solid, indigenous, reliable and self-sufficient digital infrastructure. BharOS is a successful step towards data privacy. ” The system can be installed on business phones out of the box. BharOS services are currently provided to organizations that have strict privacy and security requirements.

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