China OS demoed on HTC hardware; an ambitious Android clone

Concerned with growing security threats and surveillance in the Western World, China has announced its very own operating system aimed at providing a very localized and secure experience to the world's largest mobile market.

Liantong, a company founded in co-operation with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has developed the China OS (COS) for multiple devices such as smartphones, tablets, television set-top boxes and other household appliances. According to the company, China needs to move away from the monopoly of foreign operating systems developed by Microsoft, Google and Apple which are known to contain security vulnerabilities and are often targets of hacking attacks.

The company also feels that it is tough to rely on foreign software companies due to incidents such as Microsoft pulling the plug on Windows XP support, although the operating system is used by majority of users in China including the Government, and the latest revelations about PRISM surveillance using backdoors.

Liantong have announced that China OS will be a proprietary operating system capable of running high performance native apps, HTML5 and an optional Java Virtual Machine on devices that may need it. The OS is expected to run 100,000 apps at launch. Liantong is currently seeking partnerships from local Android manufacturers such as Huawei and Lenovo along with support from carriers to develop an ecosystem for COS.

Engadget posted some photos of the operating system in its current form running on the HTC One and Butterfly. HTC was previously reported to be working on a China-specific OS but has denied to comment on its involvement with the China OS project.

Source: China-COS (Chinese) | Images via Engadget

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Looks much better to me than MS flat blue and red ugly tile interface. Overall with so much money they have, they could not find higher resolution images for their slider homepage. All images looks pixalated.

The world does not need another "proprietary" system.... In the western world that we live in, we already have a fear of NSA snooping our data. And it is going to be even harder to tell in ChinaOS... "proprietary" = "you are screwed"

Liantong is the Chinese name for China Unicom, the second biggest mobile carrier (only 175 million subscribers, so paltry by Chinese standards). Any connection?

Two years ago Unicom were working on WoPhone. Any connection?

Any journalists out there?

Probably none, as they are different companies (the second character of the company's name is different from that of China Unicom ("彤" of Liantong vs "通" of China Unicom; see the first image of the gallery)).

They don't need to do that. They have already re-educated their population to believe such event was a hoax and never existed. I can't remember how many friendships were broken when it comes to such topic.

so basically, we "wrote" our own OS (ahem probably just used Linux, which we didn't write) to be secure from outsiders (which probably wrote most of Linux)

Yup, their failed Red Flag Linux was the very first thing that came to mind when I read this. I bet this is an Android clone too (or otherwise Linux-based), and if so unless they have scrutinized every single line of code their claims about creating a new OS without backdoors would just ring hollow. (Not that I'm saying Android/Linux have backdoors, just that unless they have done a complete audit they can't be sure.) Also they would be hypocrites if they claimed to have created a new OS completely free of corrupting Western influence, but that's never stopped them from copying everything under the sun, has it now?

as China less likely intervene with other sovereign countries than U.S,
i would predict, given enough traction, the China OS would be more bearable than U.S OS for the rest of non-Eye-Five countries.

article said,
The company also feels that it is tough to rely on foreign software companies due to incidents such as Microsoft pulling the plug on Windows XP support.

Are they actually serious? How long is Microsoft supposed to support software?

Hikimori said,

Because 42 is the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything.

I thought 18 ultimate answer to life

Microsoft is trying to fight back against the NSA, hopefully they are successful, but that still doesn't guarantee they won't have to disclose exploits to the NSA. Sucks that the NSA is starting to hurt the entire country's bottom line.

Hard to call something an "OS" when it looks more like a skin. Be interested to see if it uses Android as a base. If so I don't see how they address any of their "security concerns"