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China developing its own OS to compete with Microsoft, Google, and Apple

China developing its own OS to compete with Microsoft, Google, and Apple
China may be one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but that does not make it any less of an enigma sometimes. Word has it that China, which is the undisputed king of intellectual property theft through all manner of cyber-shenanigans, wants to foster a domestic tech initiative, so it is copying building its own operating system to compete with Microsoft, Apple, and Google.

According to Xinhua news agency, an official OS development alliance, which began this past march, has put plans in place and the work is underway to have a Chinese OS available on desktops by October, with an available app store and the works. The goal is to be able to replace the current crop of desktop OS options within the next year or two.  The plans do not stop there though, the future is mobile, and mobile is in the vision too.  The OS alliance plans to be in a position to replace other mobile operating systems within three to five years.

This past spring, China blocked its government agencies from using Windows 8, and that, along with a supposed anti-trust investigation, has not been helpful to Microsoft’s business in the Far East. Google is in a similar position. Last year China declared that the Android OS gave Google too much control over the country’s smartphone industry.

Ni Guangnan, head of the OS development alliance said that the Chinese government’s actions have created the opportunity, “Creating an environment that allows us to contend with Google, Apple and Microsoft – that is the key to success.”   Of course, whether this initiative is meant to honestly compete is the issue.  

source: Reuters

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posted on 24 Aug 2014, 19:00 4

1. kane74 (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Jan 2014)


Nothing lasts forever, and we both know OSs can change...

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 03:21 1

33. Ashoaib (Posts: 2374; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


thats a good plan from china after what we learned about NSA... when US is playing unfair by spying and blaming back to china for spying(which is not proven like NSA is)... so nothing wrong to avoid these headaches and come up with something in which you dont have to worry about some hidden back doors and potential spying

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 03:59

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posted on 24 Aug 2014, 19:02 7

2. joey_sfb (Posts: 3113; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


China is willing and able. Their government is smart to give their local players a chance to compete.

China is a big market and self sufficient.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 02:45 2

32. techperson211 (Posts: 707; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


This what happen when some country is thinking they are untouchables kill the competitioned and unvestigate all foreign company of alleged spying. Good luck on your OS . Still I admire your government China thinking of the welfare of your people but do not do the same mistake as hitler did .

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 19:03 6

3. GreekGeek (Posts: 844; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Why is CHINA so immune to intellectual property/patent lawsuits?
Do they always hold a trump card like...''Don't you dare or we'll shut your manufacturing business down''?

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 19:13 4

4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3606; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Just what would some US company do? Get the US military to attack China and start WW III for some fake patent that never should have been granted in the first place? And what would happen to all the other US companies that operate factories in China? There is no simple solution.

Hopefully China will embrace Linux and take it to new heights. There is a real opportunity to build world class open source desktop OS and office apps and change China, and the rest of the world, for the better.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 19:31 2

5. Awalker (Posts: 538; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I think we should stop doing business with them altogether. Cheap labor is available in other places.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 19:44 2

6. GreekGeek (Posts: 844; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Won't hapoen. sadly.
they have grown into a colossal monster that no other country possesses the same manufacturing infrastructure and manpower.

Even powerful patent trolls like Apple have no "power " over them

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 20:59 5

13. joey_sfb (Posts: 3113; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


You are very little understand of patents. Patents has national boundary.

Apple will need to register with that country own patent system to be valid for that country.

I fully agreed that every country should invest on their own IT development rather then always importing them from developed country.

The name of the game is control. Do you want US companies to own all your IT development.

US is the greatest debtor for China. They are actually at the wimp of the Chinese government and Apple CEO could openly say that he paying as little tax as possible show how unite the Americans are.

Personal income tax is important for public service and the running of an efficient government.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 21:21 1

16. GreekGeek (Posts: 844; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


I didn't understand what you have just said.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 21:47 2

19. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 909; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


It did makes sense to me...not the best English, but then again he probably speaks another language. The problem is that most rich Americans could care less about public services or paying taxes!

Yet they want to use the American armed forces to protect their interest, and greed in foreign matters; which by the way is funded by taxes....yes wars and the armed forces are funded by taxes, and the biggest part of the American budget is armed forces be it DARPA, NSA, CIA, and the likes!

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 07:01

35. elitewolverine (Posts: 1927; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Actually DoE is not the biggest spender, it accounts for only 23% of all taxes collected.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 23:08

24. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 634; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


When did paying taxes become a relevant issue in this discussion? As an aside, I can guarantee you that rich Chinese care as little as rich Americans about paying taxes...

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 23:58 2

27. SemiFinal (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Jul 2014)


Income tax is just an excuse to justify the government's massive amounts of unnecessary spending. The income tax wasn't even permanent until 1913, after a 150 years of growth and prosperity.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 00:29 1

28. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3606; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Many view the "income tax" as nothing more than stealing money from the people.

Note the 1913 was the same year that a private corporation, the Federal Reserve, took over control of the US money supply.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 21:25 2

17. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


No foreign company stands a chance at the Chinese court against a domestic company.
In Chinese law, Chinese has to win.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 20:01 2

7. AfterShock (Posts: 2895; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Dark news for the free world.

This can't be good for anyone but the Chinese Gov period.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 20:58 4

11. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


You're thinking of North Korea

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 21:02 1

14. AfterShock (Posts: 2895; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Funny +1.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 00:40

29. techspace (Posts: 767; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


And China is not a democracy, if they can steal others' patents openly, they can do anything with the user's data.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 20:14 1

8. flipjzn (Posts: 184; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


China wants to rule the world and it can!

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 20:47 1

10. joey_sfb (Posts: 3113; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


A look at China history you would know that most of the time they are at war.

However with the new economy. Their government can see the benefit of peace. Let hope it stay that way.

In war there is no winner, even for victors they would still pay the price for generations.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 03:35

34. Ashoaib (Posts: 2374; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


yeah... its same like US history, most of the time they were at self justified wars... the only difference between US and china is, US start propaganda in advance about those who he want to fight with to show the world and its own people that US is right and other is bad, even they hiddenly plant some events to use as a justification.... While on the other hand chinese are not good at propaganda... but more or less, both countries were at wars... atleast from last 50 years china has adopted the policy of not fighting in which US is failing meserably due to the strong control of rich business man and arms manufacturing mafia

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 20:26

9. 87186 (Posts: 79; Member since: 01 Aug 2014)


oh dear.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 20:58 2

12. a1369366 (Posts: 21; Member since: 24 Aug 2014)


I'd acturally created this account just to say: WOW phonearena/reuters are really biased!!

while at the end of this article said the os is for government use + security sake, on the top u get "compete with Microsoft, Google, and Apple", "copying building" ???

yes we have prism, and our writer is either too simple & naive or turned green eye with envy.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 21:15 2

15. Gawain (Posts: 371; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


China hasn't invented anything since gun powder, everything else is a copy and/or outright stolen - the IP theft is out of control in China. Guarantee that what ever OS comes out of the smog infested place will have a bunch of booted code from Windows and OS X.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 22:42 2

23. a1369366 (Posts: 21; Member since: 24 Aug 2014)


depends on your definition of invention. big or small, improvements or innovations. I can name one now: Artemisinin...

btw, you are just imply the wrong idea/changing the topic&focus.
I'm saying the Chinese government developed OS isn't going to be a commercial product to compete with Microsoft, Google, and Apple.

ps, booted code from Windows and OS X, and use it. is way harder than creating something similar on linux.

and to anyone, who bother to reply or argue with me anymore. before you did, tell me if this article is biased or not.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 23:14 1

25. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 634; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


How large do you think the Chinese government is in terms of number of employees? Which OS do you think they would use if they didn't use one of their own making? How long do you think it'll take the one-party regime to impose a ban on any but their own OS for civilians as well?

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 01:00 1

30. Gawain (Posts: 371; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


As the communist regime owns everything, private property, and individual liberty are wholly secondary to the little red book of Mao, everything is done for the "good of the state."

All the mobile operators are government owned, and any "private" company exists there solely at the liesure of bureaucracy that is the "ministry of whatever."

Before I answer whether I think the article is biased or not, point out any one thing that is wrong. It's true. Microsoft has been getting robbed by the Chinese for decades.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 21:31 2

18. kevin91202 (Posts: 88; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


"Word has it that China, which is the undisputed king of intellectual property theft through all manner of cyber-shenanigans,"

Says who?

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 22:23 1

21. joey_sfb (Posts: 3113; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Word has it that American is another self righteous nation that badly in debt.

Everything that they touch are in ruins after plundering of its resources of course. A lesson learnt in agony and sorrow by the people in middle east.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 07:34

36. Pattyface (Posts: 479; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Word has it that your English is terrible and clearly you are from another country with a large amount of hate for a country you are generalizing about. Let's try to be slightly less mobish with regards to any country. I mean we can all generalize about any country to make them look bad but I'm sure you would call it racism had someone said rubbish like your statement. Also work on your English before commenting back so I don't have to decipher it.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 08:20

37. GreekGeek (Posts: 844; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


I'm guessing this dude's Chinese and he is using Google Translate to express his thoughts.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:01

38. Ashoaib (Posts: 2374; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


No, I dont think he is chinese... look at comment#10, that comment shows him as very less likely to be chinese

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 22:14

20. a_tumiwa (Posts: 293; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


sorry but this is a very old news

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 22:27 1

22. JMartin22 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


The OS will probably look and perform like watered down trash of pre-existing competing inventions.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 23:33 1

26. rockers123 (Posts: 56; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


PA, Do you consider developing a new OS as copying?

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 02:04 1

31. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


oh CHINA, well baby step is a nice way start,...

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:32

39. HTCOE (Posts: 509; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


they've acquired the Jolla Sailfish team in case you all didn't know

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 13:50

42. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


... only 6.25% of Jolla is owned by China Fortune Holdings Ltd., and this has given Jolla some office space in Hong Kong. I highly doubt that Sailfish OS will be the new Chinese OS that this article refers to.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 02:54

40. Chuck007 (Posts: 265; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Strange... I can swear I read this was only a government only thing.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 09:10

41. skippernoodle (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)


I'm strongly against intellectual property theft in any way, shape, or form. Thieves and cheaters are usually the ones who are too dumb to make it on their own or to win fair and square. That being said, you really can't say that Google, Samsung, Apple, and Microsoft don't steal from each other either. Honestly, I'm just glad that China makes cleaner versions of Android phones that don't send all my information to Google with all the crap processes running in the background.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 13:52

43. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Yes. They send all of your information to servers in China, instead. I'd almost rather have my data in the hands of the NSA, as bad as that already is in the first place.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 14:01

44. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


If the Chinese government can out-compete Firefox OS and Tizen (if Samsung ever releases it in the first place), then they have a shot at making a proprietary state mobile OS that will be at least in fifth place in their country. I don't even know if BlackBerry is popular at all, or even available, in China - maybe they would at least be in fourth place, then.

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