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Indian government wants to develop a new smartphone OS

According to The Economic Times, the Indian government and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology consider developing an in-house smartphone operating system to rival Android and iOS.

For now, the officials are looking for startups and academic institutions that want to be involved in the process. The Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar thinks that there’s enough space for another OS to exist so a policy to start its development is in the works.

There have been numerous attempts to develop a rivaling OS from major companies like Samsung, BlackBerry, Palm, and Microsoft but they all failed. The only currently active competitor is Huawei’s HarmonyOS.

The minister said that most of the policies and policy tools are being re-looked at in the context of reimagining goals and ambitions. “Important is to have clear goals. Once we have clear goals and what is that we have to achieve than all the policies and actions will be consistent with it,” Chandrasekhar said.

At present, India’s electronics export is around USD 15 billion.

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