India’s new operating system against Google’s US monopoly emphasises security and user privacy
It all began in 2022, when India fined Google for its predominant domination of the Android Play Store market, which in turn occupied 97% of the 600 million active mobile devices in the territory. Exorbitant numbers for the US colossus, which seems unable to leave room for competition, calling itself against the antipathies of the Indian government.
A complex battle against a tough ‘enemy’ that, with its products to suit all budgets, seems unwilling to give way. So here comes BharOs, a new ‘national’ mobile operating system, which Indian scientists are developing these days to annihilate the American company’s monopoly, offering a different solution for its own population.
The first official tests have started these days and are proceeding at a good pace, according to Dharmendra Pradhan, India’s Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
“There is a long way to go and we are aware of that, but if we succeed in developing BharOs, the monopoly will go away.”
A bold choice that perfectly follows the philosophy of Prime Minister Modi who, for some time now, has been aiming at the self-sufficiency of the country and Indian start-ups as the basis for a new present.
BharOs is being developed at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, will be an Open-Source and, as yet, no preview is available. From the first information released by the developers, we can understand that it will mainly focus on protecting the user’s privacy and security, with full freedom to install applications from the various markets, including third-party ones.
Author: Alessandro Volpe