China launches its own, Linux-based mobile OS

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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12 Comments

1. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

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

12. MERRITTFOG

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

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

2. Dowson unregistered

Chinese government: security issues. Hahhaha

11. MERRITTFOG

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

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

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?

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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...

10. MERRITTFOG

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

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

5. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

So This is Chinese Tizen?

6. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 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

13. MERRITTFOG

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

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

7. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

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

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Cloned OS... +1 Made me laugh.

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