Considering Government Development for Mobile OS in India: Union Minister

The government is considering developing an operating system as part of its efforts to boost the design and innovation ecosystem in the electronics and computer sector, Parliament said on Wednesday.

State Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar said the government has not allocated funds for the development of a mobile operating system in India.

Operating systems play a key role in bundling applications with hardware on a computer or mobile device. The market is currently dominated by Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS operating system in the mobile device segment and the Microsoft Windows personal computer segment.

“The government is looking at the development of the Operating System as part of the government’s efforts to create a vibrant design and innovation ecosystem in Electronics and Information Technology,” Chandrasekhar said.

Asked if Congressman Karti P Chidambaram will make the OS system available only in India, Chandrasekhar said there is no policy in the government that restricts the export and use of Indian software products outside India.

The minister said in January that the government intended to pursue a policy that would facilitate an ecosystem for the industry to create a native operating system as an alternative to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.

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