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  • 26 January, 2023

  • 5 Min Read

BharOS Software

BharOS Software

The BharOS was recently created by a startup.

About BharOS:

  • Although iOS and Android are two of the most well-known mobile operating systems, BharOS is a new Indian competitor in the space.
  • BharOS, which is supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), aims to serve India's 100 crore or so mobile phone subscribers.
  • Like Android or iOS, it is a native mobile operating system (OS). It emphasises security and privacy.
  • A mobile operating system, such as Android by Google or iOS by Apple, is a piece of software that serves as the main user interface on a smartphone and makes it easier for users to interact with their device and access its functions while maintaining their safety.
  • By providing a secure OS environment for users located in India, BharOS in particular aims to contribute to the idea of an independent India, or "Atmanirbhar Bharat."
  • On readily available commercial handsets, the OS can be installed.
  • Currently, BharOS Services are being offered to businesses with tight privacy and security standards, whose employees handle sensitive data that necessitates secret conversations using limited mobile apps.
  • Such consumers require private 5G networks with access to private cloud services.

Feature:

  • BharOS seems to be more specialised than Android and iOS, which cater to more consumer- and business-oriented use cases.
  • BharOS would provide Native Over the Air (NOTA) updates, which means that bug fixes and security patches will be installed automatically. Users are not required to manually download and install updates.
  • Users of this mobile operating system don't have to keep or use the pre-installed apps because BharOS has the No Default Apps (NDA) setting.
  • No Default Apps (NDA) is essential because many of the pre-installed programs that come with other smartphones today can bog down the device or drain the battery by functioning as bloatware.
  • It was planned for BharOS to have an NDA design since it will provide customers more flexibility over the mobile apps they instal and the type of data they save on their devices.
  • BharOS will make use of a mechanism called Private App Store Services (PASS), which will inspect and select only user-safe apps.

Significance:

  • The project seeks to encourage the adoption of locally created technology while reducing reliance on foreign operating systems in cellphones.
  • The development of an indigenous environment and an independent future represents a giant step forward.
  • It aims to put India on par with the select few nations that already have these capabilities.

What Sets BharOS Apart from Google Android?

  • BharOS resembles Google Android in certain ways because it is built on the Android Open-Source Project (AOSP). However, unlike standard Google Android phones, it does not come preloaded with Google services. Therefore, BharOS users are not compelled to download any programs; rather, they are free to do so.
  • Chrome is frequently set up as the default browser on Android devices running stock OS. The creators of BharOS want to work with DuckDuckGo as its primary browser.
  • DuckDuckGo is a privacy-focused browser with a number of privacy-focused features like Privacy Grade and anonymous surfing mode.

Source: The Hindu


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