Ashwini Vaishnaw, Dharmendra Pradhan Test India’s Own Android Rival ‘BharOS’

Minister for Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnau and Minister for Education Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday tested ‘BharOS’, a proprietary mobile operating system (OS) developed by IIT Madras. The IIT Madras-incubated company created his BharOS, which he said will help his 100 million mobile phone users in India.

“This journey will be difficult. There will be many people around the world who will not want such a system to succeed.

India’s own BharOS was developed by JandK Operations Private Limited (JandKops). According to a Hindustan Times report, its creators say that the OS will give consumers greater freedom, power and flexibility, allowing them to change only according to their needs. The technology claims to completely change the way users perceive security and privacy on their mobile devices.

Unlike the hugely popular Android OS, the “lightweight, bloatware-free” BharOS does not come preloaded with apps. Android OEMs usually launch their handsets with some native and default Google apps.

IIT Madras reportedly said it was keen to work with government agencies, service providers and the private sector to expand the use of indigenous BharOS in India.

The development comes after technology giant Google was forced to allow third-party app stores in its official Google Play store. The company has just a few days left to comply, apart from having to pay a fine imposed by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court last week ordered the tech giant to deposit 10% of the Rs 1,337.76 crore fine imposed by the Competition Commission, a competition watchdog, to comply with an order of the National Court of Appeals for the Companies Act (NCLAT). , gave Google India a week. Filed a lawsuit against India (CCI) for alleged anti-competitive practices.

Google had previously warned that the growth of India’s hugely popular Android ecosystem would stall due to an antitrust order by CCI calling for changes to how the Android platform is marketed in India.