China Develops iOS, Android Rival

China has developed its own mobile operating system aimed at easing the stranglehold of the Google and Apple, even as sceptics doubt its efficacy.

Dubbed as the China Operating System (COS) it is a strategic product for national security which has become more urgent in the wake of recent incidents such as the US intelligence scandal of Prism and Windows ending further support of its XP system, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said in a statement.

Similar to the interface on Google's Android and Apple's iOS, the Chinese system can be used on touch-screen phones and serves as a platform for various apps, it can already support up to a lakh of apps, claimed CAS and its partner, Shanghai-based Liantong Network Communication Technology.

China Operating System (COS)
China Operating System (COS)


Also compatible for tablets and TV set-top boxes, the system is marked by its safety since it allows only one app store, the official one, so as to ensure that all applications are examined to be safe and non-pirated compared with Android, which is open to any apps, the statement said.

This is not the first time similar products have been developed domestically.

Coship Electronics, a Shenzhen-based company, released an operating system called 960OS on January 10, boasting its safety features that prevent users' personal information from being stolen.

A system developed by the Alibaba Group in 2012 made itself compatible to Android to attract more consumers but the process of cooperating with phone producers was not so smooth.


Wu said that the company's backer, a state-run investment corporation in Shanghai, has a favourable industry background and various connections with potential cooperation partners in the field, making the market prospects for COS more promising.

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