With the growing electronic manufacturing industry in India, the country’s Minister of State for Electronics and IT (MeitY) has set its eyes on creating an indigenous operating system (OS) to compete against Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems.
Currently, iOS and Android dominate are the dominating OS in the smart mobile market. Chinese technology corporation, Huawei Technologies launched HarmonyOS on its smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches. But crushed between U.S and China trade war, Huawei is facing a crisis in major markets like the U.S. and China which also impacts the installation base of HarmonyOS.
Therefore, the Indian minister of MeitY, Rajeev Chandrasekhar says that India wants to create a third operating system and is working on its policy.
“If there is some real capability then we will be very much interested in developing that area because that will create an alternative to iOS and Android which then an Indian brand can grow.
“There is no third one. Therefore, in a lot of ways there is tremendous interest in MeitY and in the Government of India to even create a new handset operating system. We are talking to people. We are looking at a policy for that.
To grow India’s electronic manufacturing to $300 billion by 2026, the country wants to develop its own mobile OS
As reported by The Economic Times, the minister of MeitY explained that the industry is working with the Indian government to expand the country’s electronics manufacturing and export drastically by 2026. The goal is to grow electronic manufacturing from $75 billion to $300 billion and electronic export from $15 billion to $1120 billion by 2026.
They aim to achieve the objective by creating domestic champions in electronic categories like an indigenous mobile operating system.
The minister said it is the desire of the Prime Minister and the goal for the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) to create domestic champions in each of the leading product categories.
India’s own operating system might be years away but it is interesting to observe that governments are working on competing with Apple and Google who have been enjoying the status of undisputed leaders of the smart mobile industry for decades now.