BharOS mobile operating system

  • IASbaba
  • January 26, 2023
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Context: Developed by an IIT Madras-incubated startup, BharOS is being pitched as India’s answer to the Google-owned Android and Apple’s iOS, the two most dominant mobile operating systems in the world.

About BharOS:

  • BharOS is an Android Open Source Project and was developed by JandK Operations Private Limited (JandKops), a non-profit organisation incubated at IIT Madras.
  • The project aims to reduce the dependence on foreign OS in smartphones and promote the use of locally developed technology.
  • Funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the indigenous mobile operating system wants to cater to the approximately 100 crore mobile phone users in India.
  • Union Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister along with Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology successfully tested the ‘BharOS’, a Made In India mobile operating system developed by IIT Madras.
  • What sets BharOS apart from Android, is that it is free from Google Services and Apps.
  • Google has used its preinstalled apps and services to collect data, sometimes without explicitly asking a user.
  • Similarly, other apps from Google’s Play Store share data with third-party services.
  • BharOS does not come with any such preinstalled services or apps, and hence, is deemed to be more secure.

Source:  Indian Express

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