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Watch out, Google, Apple and Microsoft: ‘China Operating System’ is coming for you

17
Jan
2014

Unhappy with the dominance of foreign mobile and desktop operating systems in its country, the Chinese government it backing a China Operating System (COS) that is supposed to take on Google, Apple and Microsoft in the region. Shanghai Laintong is the company developing COS in partnership with the Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS), Engadget reports. Interestingly, it’s HTC that’s actually providing hardware for the COS platform, at least for now. As for the operating system itself, COS is based on Linux and it’s said to be developed “entirely independently,” as China wants it to be a viable alternative to what’s available from foreign companies. During the COS launch, the ISCAS head criticized iOS for being

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