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India has created a national mobile operating system BharOS to replace Android.

Published: 2023-01-25

India has introduced its own mobile operating system BharOS. It was tested by the Indian Ministers of Communications and Information Technology, Electronics and Information Technology, and Education, according to NDTV.

JandK Operations Private Limited (JandKops) developed the open source mobile operating system BharOS with the support of the Government of India as part of India's Digital Independence program. It is noted that BharOS pays special attention to privacy and protection of personal data of users, as well as the flexibility of its settings. Unfortunately, BharOS developers have not yet disclosed details about notification settings, battery monitoring, home screen widgets and many other parameters.

The new mobile OS does not have pre-installed applications. Unlike Android, where manufacturers install both their own apps and standard ones from Google on smartphones, BharOS mobile device users will get a bare OS and full control over the permissions that applications request for installation. This approach means that users will not be forced in any way to use unknown, unnecessary and inconvenient applications and services.

BharOS will provide users with access to applications from the PASS (Private App Store Services) service, where only those applications that have undergone rigorous testing and meet strict security criteria are included. The operating system will be updated online, like Android. Updates, according to the developers, are downloaded and installed on the device without user intervention.

BharOS is currently being provided to certain Indian institutions whose users work with confidential information.