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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45 Comments

44. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

41. skippernoodle

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 26, 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.

43. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

40. Chuck007

Posts: 1420; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

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

39. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

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

42. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

31. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

26. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

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

22. JMartin22

Posts: 2422; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

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

20. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

sorry but this is a very old news

18. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

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

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

36. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 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.

37. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

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

38. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

12. a1369366

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 24, 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.

15. Gawain

Posts: 452; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

23. a1369366

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 24, 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.

25. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 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?

30. Gawain

Posts: 452; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

9. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

oh dear.

8. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

China wants to rule the world and it can!

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

34. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 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

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Dark news for the free world. This can't be good for anyone but the Chinese Gov period.

11. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

You're thinking of North Korea

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Funny +1.

29. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 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''?

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

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