India to rival Android & iOS by introducing its own OS: Report

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Android and iOS have been the two dominating names in the software department of the smartphone ecosystem. Both these OS have managed to outdo and outlive any competition that has cropped up. Now, the situation is such that these are the only two default options for almost every smartphone user. [हिंदी में पढ़ें]

Since they have acquired a status of monopolies, they command a lot of power in terms of app ecosystem as well as revenue generation. Now, the Government of India has decided to break the cycle and reduce this monopoly, as they want to develop and introduce the country’s Operating System.

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The Indian Government is planning to introduce a new policy that will now allow various interested stakeholders to build an OS and corresponding ecosystem for the smartphone industry. This step can be very instrumental in providing users an alternate option as well as in leading to a more inclusive and affordable ecosystem.

Union Minister for the State of Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrashekhar said in an interview with PTI that the GOI wants to create an indigenous operating system that will be an alternative to Android and iOS.    

“There is no 3rd one. Therefore, in a lot of ways there is tremendous interest in MeitY and in the Government of India to even create a new handset operating system. We are talking to people. We are looking at a policy for that,” Chandrashekhar said.

The Government plans to achieve this dream of an Indian OS and alternate ecosystem with the help of start-ups and academic ecosystems. “If there is some real capability then we will be very much interested in developing that area because that will create an alternative to iOS and Android which then an Indian brand can grow,” the minister said.

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“Important is to have clear goals. Once we have clear goals and what is that we have to achieve than all the policies and actions will be consistent with it,” Chandrashekhar said.

Shivangi AgarwalShivangi Agarwal
Shivangi is an honours graduate in English from Delhi University with a passion for reading and writing. Always keen to know more about the latest gadgets, when she is not reading about tech, she loves listening to Hindi music and grooving to the latest Hindi beats.

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