bharos: BharOS: Everything we know so far about India’s Android rivals

Android and iOS have dominated the mobile operating system category, but various new native operating systems have emerged in recent years that have the potential to challenge Android. One such native mobile operating system, developed by a startup founded by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), aims to help India’s 100 million mobile phone subscribers.

Known as “BharOS”, this software can be loaded onto commercially available devices. It aims to create a safe environment for the users and to contribute greatly to ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. BharOS services are now provided to organizations with strict privacy and security requirements, whose users handle sensitive information that requires secretive interactions through restricted mobile apps. Such consumers demand private cloud services delivered over private 5G networks.

JandK Operations Private Limited (JandKops) developed BharOS incubated by IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation, a Section 8 (Not for Profit) Company established by IIT Madras.

There are no default apps in BharOS (NDA). This implies that consumers are not forced to use apps they are not familiar with or trust. Additionally, this technique gives consumers more control over the permissions applications have on their device, as they can restrict access to specific features or data on their device to apps they trust.

BharOS provides users with access to trusted apps from company-specific Private App Store Services (PASS). A PASS grants access to a select selection of apps that have been fully verified and meet certain organizational security and privacy criteria. This means consumers can rest assured that the applications they install are safe to use and have been thoroughly screened for potential security vulnerabilities or privacy issues.

frequently asked Questions

  1. What is the difference between BharOS and Android?
    Technically, BharOS is similar to Android’s Google OS. It is actually based on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project).
  2. How do you get BharOS on your phone?
    It is not yet known when the BharOS will be available for download.

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