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China Launches First Mobile Operating System
Source: news.cn
Source Date: Friday, January 17, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: China
Created: Jan 21, 2014

China launched its first independently-developed mobile operating system under the name China Operating System (COS) on Jan. 15.


COS was co-developed by Shanghai Liantong and the Institute of Software with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS). Several days earlier, COSHIP Electronics Co., Ltd. also revealed its 960 OS operating system on Jan. 9.


Based on Linux, these two operating systems were developed entirely independently by China.


Li Shuming, director of ISCAS, said at the launch on Wednesday that COS was intended to break the foreign monopoly in fundamental software, attempting to pioneer the independent development of mobile operating systems in China.


COS developers have said the system enjoys a high security level. It was also intended to make up for the flaws in Apple's iOS and Google's Android -- the former being too restrictive, while the latter remains sensitive to malicious software.


Aside from enhanced security levels, COS is more localized and friendly to Chinese users in terms of operation interface, language input, stability of cloud services and so on.


Unlike previous systems which were practically revisions of the Android, COS was developed entirely independently, from the code to the construction of user interface, according to the State-run People's Daily's website.


COS will be installed on personal computers, smart phones and other smart devices, carrying with it over 100,000 applications.

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