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India Unveils Mobile Operating System in Self-Reliance Pursuit

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India unveiled a mobile operating system, developed at one of its top engineering colleges, which it claimed was more secure than Alphabet Inc.'s Android and designed to be used in businesses and high-security surroundings.BharOS, short for Bharat, or India, OS, does not come with any default apps and gives users access to only trusted apps from private store services. “This is a Linux-based operating system,” Professor V.

Kamakoti, director at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, said in a phone interview.The local operating system is another step toward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal of being self-reliant in everything from 5G telecommunications equipment to chip-fabrication plants.

India's poor will be key beneficiaries of such digital infrastructure, federal Education and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said at the unveiling.

BharOS comes at a time when India has levied a $160 million fine on Google in an antitrust case, which charged the company with abusing its dominant market position for its Android mobile operating system.

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