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China launches its own, Linux-based mobile OS

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China launches its own, Linux-based mobile OS
China has unveiled a new, government-blessed mobile operating system. Dubbed China Operating System, or COS, the platform is based on Linux and is being developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with Liantong Network Communications Technology - a Shanghai-based company. The open-source operating system is intended to break the existing monopolistic hold of giants like Apple and Google on China's mobile market.

According to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, foreign operating systems pose great risks and issues, but "COS will simultaneously solve both security and usability aspects". COS is built "completely independent"-ly, upon a security-enhanced Linux kernel, which supports multiple runtime environments, as well as multitasking. The platform will come with a user-friendly interface and will be used in various devices, such as smartphones, tablets, personal computers, smart handheld terminals, and even set-top boxes.

According to Chen Feili, the deputy general manager of Liantong Network, China Mobile and China Telecom have been testing COS for three months now. Feili has also stated that, at the moment, four already-released Chinese smartphones run COS, but he hasn't revealed the names of the manufacturers who have launched them. According to some sources, HTC is one of the companies that support COS, which might confirm the rumors we heard back in August. The deputy manager of Liantong Network has also said that the goal of the new mobile platform is to become one of the most used operating systems in China.

The China Operating System supports both JAVA and HTML5 web applications, and is currently compatible with over 100,000 different apps. It seems like a unified app store for the new platform is being developed, too.


source: CAS (translated), C114 (translated) via IntoMobile

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posted on 17 Jan 2014, 15:07 5

1. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 109; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Go China..........Im sure this is what the NSA wishes they could do.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 21:17

12. MERRITTFOG (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


right. let's act like the nsa doesnt have access to ios, and android data

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 15:54 3

2. Dowson (unregistered)


Chinese government: security issues. Hahhaha

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 21:16

11. MERRITTFOG (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


nsa spying on everyone, and they dont even know it. haha. you ending up in guantanamo for saying the "wrong" thing. haha.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 17:16

3. papss (unregistered)


Keep that pile over there for sure.. The OS market is starting to get fuller but are any of them worth caring about besides the three?

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 17:32

4. elitewolverine (Posts: 1700; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


so android google os that has been backward engineered free of licensing worries in their own country. Sounds legit, remember what happened when google went to china then left china for theft reasons by china...

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 21:14

10. MERRITTFOG (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


imagine that. being able to use android aps without being spied on by google. aint that a bich?

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 20:23

5. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


So This is Chinese Tizen?

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 00:21 6

6. Diazene (Posts: 124; Member since: 01 May 2013)


"The open-source operating system is intended to break the existing monopolistic hold of giants like Apple and Google on China's mobile market."

when there are two major players, it's called a duopoly, not a monopoly

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 21:18

13. MERRITTFOG (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


i prefer the word dictatorship to describe american corporate stranglehold on the world's smart phone users

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 00:44 4

7. nasznjoka (Posts: 345; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


this is an acronym for Copied Operating System cause its an android clone in any way

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 10:26 3

9. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Cloned OS... +1
Made me laugh.

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