China Plans Own OS To Oust Google, Microsoft, Apple

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 25, 2014


China is reportedly coming up with its new homegrown operating system in the next 2-3 months to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple. The news first posted on Xinhua news agency stated that computer technology has become an area of tension between China and the United States after a spate of cybersecurity issues. The country 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 operating system would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile devices, said the newspaper, citing Ni Guangnan who heads the official OS development alliance set up in March this year. His comments were originally reported by People’s Post and Telecommunications News, an official trade paper run by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), which was later picked up by Xinhua.

“We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores,” Ni told the trade paper. Some Chinese OS already existed, but there was a large gap between China’s technology and that of developed countries, he added.

The officer stated that domestically built software would be able to replace desktop operating systems within one to two years and mobile operating systems within three to five years.

In May, China banned government use of Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest operating system, suspecting that US companies are spying on China. This came as a blow to Microsoft’s business which is reeling under investigation for anti-trust violations. Last year, China said that Google had too much control over its smartphone industry through its Android mobile operating system - all these moves indicated that China was moving to protect domestic firms.

Rising suspicions between China and the United States over hacking have escalated over the past year following revelations by Edward Snowden that US intelligence planted “backdoor” surveillance tools on US-made hardware. The US justice department, meanwhile, indicted five Chinese military officers in May on counts of extensive industrial espionage, says Reuters.

Ni said the ban on Windows 8 was a big opportunity for the Chinese sector to push forward its own systems, but that the industry needed further development and investment. “Creating an environment that allows us to contend with Google, Apple and Microsoft — that is the key to success,” he summed up.