India has launched its own mobile operating system, BharOS. According to NDTV, it has been tested by India’s Ministers of Communications and Information Technology, Electronics and Information Technology, and Education.
The open-source mobile operating system BharOS was developed by JandK Operations Private Limited (JandKops) with support from the Government of India as part of India’s Digital Independence Program. It is noted that BharOS pays special attention to the privacy and protection of personal data of users, as well as to the flexibility of its settings. Unfortunately, the BharOS developers have not yet revealed any details about notification settings, battery monitoring, home screen widgets and many other parameters.
The new mobile operating system has no pre-installed applications. Unlike Android, where manufacturers install both their own apps and default Google apps on smartphones, BharOS mobile device users get a pure operating system and full control over the permissions applications request for installation. This approach means that users are in no way forced to use unknown, unnecessary and inconvenient applications and services.
BharOS provides users with access to applications from the PASS (Private App Store Services) service, in which only those applications that have undergone rigorous testing and meet strict security criteria are accepted. The operating system, like Android, is updated online. According to the developers, updates are downloaded and installed on the device without user intervention.
BharOS is currently made available to certain Indian institutions whose users are working with confidential information.