Introduction of operating system
An OS weaves into the intricacies of a gadgets’ hardware as well as software , thus, enabling them to run all the apps and functions’
It provides the user interface, keeps track of data and the program’s files names, physical location, and performance common function such as the copying, erasing, or backing up of data.
What has happened?
An IIT Madras incubated firm has developed a mobile operating system with the help of JandK operation Private limited to boost Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make India “Atmanirbhar”.
The developers have named it ‘BharOS’ and announced that this OS can benefits the country’s 100 crore mobile users.
This software can be installed on commercial off-the-shelf handsets.
The developers are calming that the OS has been designed to provide a more secure experience to users.
Funded By Center
The BharOs was developed by JandK Operations Private limited, which has been incubated by IIT Madras and Pravartak technology Foundation, a Section 8(Not for Profit) Company established by IIT Madras.
The Foundation is funded by central government’s Department of science and technology under its National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical System(NMICPS).
More Security & Privacy
BharOS is a mobile operating system, which the developer explain is Focused on “providing users more freedom. control, and flexibility to choose and use only the apps that fit their needs.
This innovative system promise to revolutionize the way user think about security and privacy on their mobile devices.
No Default Apps
The good abut this operating system is that it’s not come with any default apps.
This means that the user will get more storage space unlike android. The OEMs ship phones with default Google apps and some native apps.
With BharOS, one won’t be forced to use app that may not be familiar and not trusteed
One will also be able to receive ‘Native Over The Air'(NOTA) updates, similar to android phones. The developer asserts that NATO updates are automatically downloaded and installed on phone, so users don’t need manually initiate the process
Who Are Using This OS??
BharOS is currently being provided to only those organizations that have stringent privacy and security requirements.
Whose users handle sensitive information that requires confidential communication on restricted apps on mobile. V Kamokoti, the director, of IIT Madras, said that IIT Madras aims to work closely with, many more private industries, government agencies, strategi agencies, and telecoms service providers to increase the usage and adoption of BharOS.
What Is Missing?
While the new mobile operating system looks good, there are no details on all the features it provides to users to make it easier to use that device in their day-to-day life. Android, for instance, offers personalization options, privacy features, battery analysis, home screen widgets, notification settings, and more. We will get more clear on this when it is available for everyone. The developer made it clear in an announcement that OS will remain limited to specific organizations.
Why There is Need For Indian OS?
While the computer’s OS market is dominated by Microsoft’s Windows, mobile phones operator in the duopoly of Android and IOS. Reliance Jio also owns an operating system but the name of KaiOS, which is only available on Jio future phones and is not very popular.
Jio’s smartphones, JioPhone , will rum on Pragati OS, a co-development between Jio and Google. In the India startup ecosystem, too several players such as PhonePe’s Indus Os, Snaplion, Plobal App, Instappy, tableHero are working in the handset OS development space.
Previously, the government was working on an improved version of its OS named Bharat Operating System Solution(BOSS). It was intended to replace Microsoft Window and All Other OS for Official use in the future. But Currently, very few institutions in India use BOSS’s latest version from 2019 called ‘Unnati’.
Not only will an Indian OS secure user data, but it will also provide a homegrown user interface, including an ecosystem-centric application store. Both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store are under the government’s radar for anti-competitive pricing models. The call for self-reliance is growing in India’s startup ecosystem and internet-first entrepreneurs have lobbied on Twitter to press for an Indian App Store, one that could negate the Google-Apple duopoly.