China Plans to Build an Operating System to Replace Windows and Android

Paul Lilly

China's own operating system could be ready by October

After banning Microsoft's Windows 8 software for use on government PCs, China is now reportedly planning to cook up its own operating system . The home brewed OS could see a launch as early as October, and it would have the full backing of the Chinese government. China's motivation in building an OS of its own is to alleviate concerns that imported software from the likes of Microsoft, Google, and Apple could have spying mechanisms built into the code base.

According to Reuters , China's OS would debut on desktop devices before expanding into smartphone and other mobile categories.

"We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores," Ni Guangnan, head of an of an official OS development alliance, told the People's Post and Telecommunications News , Reuters reports .

China banned the government use of Windows 8 back in May. Shortly after, China began investigating Microsoft for anti-trust violations.

Tensions are also high between China and Google, with the former saying the latter has too much control over China's smartphone industry through Android.

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