China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Apple Inc, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.
Computer technology became an area of tension between China and the United States after a number of run-ins over cyber security. China is now looking to help its domestic industry catch up with imported systems such as Microsoft’s Windows and Google’s mobile operating system Android.
The Chinese government is working with the Chinese Academy of Engineering on its own operating system, intended as an eventual replacement for things like Windows and Android.
The China OS platform may be available for desktop machines as soon as October, and plans are already afoot to bring the system to mobile devices later down the line.
You may not have heard of this bizarre-sounding project yet, but it was first announced all the way back in January 2014.
China is extremely concerned, with a side order of paranoia, about US surveillance.
The country has already banned the use of Windows 8 on its government computers, although the official line on this decision is that Microsoft’s ending of support for Windows XP is the cause, rather than security concerns.
It is believed, or at least predicted, that China OS desktops will start replacing Windows ones within a couple of years, and mobile ones in 3-5 years. At present, China has a very Android-centric mobile market.
We’re also starting to see Chinese phone makers start to make their way closer to western markets like ours too, with companies like OnePlus, Oppo and Xiaomi raising eyebrows with phones like the OnePlus One and Xiaomi Mi 3.