IIT Madras-incubated firm develops BharOS, India’s rival to android

IIT Madras-incubated firm develops BharOS, India’s rival to android

New Delhi: With the vision of a new India envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be a ‘Self-reliant India’, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras-incubated company has developed a mobile operating system ‘BharOS’ that can help India’s 100 crore cellphone subscribers.

Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Ashwini Vaishnaw successfully tested the ‘BharOS’ on 24th January. Addressing the event, Union Minister Pradhan said, that the poor people of the country will be the main beneficiary of a strong, indigenous, dependable & self-reliant digital infrastructure. “Promoting policy enablers with the whole of the government approach is an applied experiment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji’s vision”, he added.

It is an AOSP-based Indian operating system, indigenously developed by JandK Operations Private Limited, a Company established by IIT Madras. BharOS is an important step in building a strong indigenous digital infrastructure in the country. In terms of technology, BharOS is very similar to Android OS. The main difference between the two operating systems is that BharOS does not include Google services. It will be a different operating system that will allow users to add apps based on their preferences.

Addressing a press conference on 19th January 2023, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director of IIT Madras said, “BharOS Service is a Mobile Operating System built on the foundation of trust, with a focus on providing users more freedom, control, and flexibility to choose and use only the apps that fit their needs. This innovative system promises to revolutionise the way users think about security and privacy on their mobile devices.”

The software can be installed on commercially available handsets, providing users with a secure environment, the company stated in a statement. BharOS has No Default Programs (NDA), which means that users are not forced to run apps that they are unfamiliar with or do not trust. The institute claimed that the users would get more freedom, control, and flexibility to choose and use only the apps that fit their needs. BharOS, a native mobile operating system is being offered to organisations with strict privacy and security standards and places where people handle sensitive information.

Further, Prof. Kamakoti added, “IIT Madras looks forward to working closely with many more private industries, Government agencies, strategic agencies, and telecom service providers to increase the usage and adoption of BharOS in our country.”

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