China Operating System (COS) is the new OS platform developed by China to combat the security concerns arising out of foreign operating systems from companies like Apple and Google.
The Chinese OS can be used on touch-screen phones. It serves as a platform for various apps, and can also support up to one lakh of apps. It is also compatible with tablets and TV set-top boxes.
The platform was developed in partnership with Shanghai-based Liantong Network Communication Technology.
COS has emerged as the direct response to recent incidents such as the US intelligence scandal of Prism and Windows ending further support of its XP system, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said in a statement.
The system ensures safety since it allows only one app store, the official one, so as to ensure that all applications are examined to be safe and non-pirated compared with Android, which is open to any apps, the statement said.
While COS developers claimed the property owns its own intellectual property rights, many critics said it resembles Android system.
“There is a consensus in our field that independent intellectual property rights means the key part of the product is distinct from others,” Wu Yanjun, a research fellow from the institute said noting that COS also uses the Linux kernel, like other systems but all the codes above the kernel were written by them.
Yanjun added the technology partner, a state-run investment corporation in Shanghai, has a favorable industry background and various connections with potential cooperation partners in the field, making the market prospects for COS more promising.