China’s govt. approved COS operating system aims to end Android, iOS dominance

After surprising us with low-cost, high-performance hardware in the recent years, China now seems to have another trick up its sleeve — the COS operating system.

A company that goes by the name of Shanghai Liantong teamed up with ISCAS (Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences) and not to mention, the Chinese govt., to create the COS operating system, which in anti-climax style stands for ‘China Operating System’. Overlooking the trivial shortcomings, the OS is developed taking Linux as base, very much like the Android operating system.

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Seen in the video is a device running the COS. One can clearly notice the emphasis on cloud services and basically ‘sharing’ information. Many of China’s manufacturers have shown similar intent, albeit with the Android OS as base — Xiaomi’s MIUI and OPPO’s ColorOS stand testimony to this.

According to Richard Lai of Engadget, a major supporter behind the COS project is Taiwan’s HTC, a company trying to recover from a rather forgettable 2013.

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  1. Freeje
    January 16, 2014

    Exciting! But if it will become standard on HTC phones I bet it won’t sell well with the Americans.

    • Think-er-bell
      January 18, 2014

      People like you just do not understand THINGS lol 😛

  2. Ben Liu
    January 16, 2014

    There are still closed minded idiots in the Chinese Government that do not realise that China is also a part of the world and needs to be within International Standards. by creating a new eco-system will do nothing but fragment its internal market more and that no one will want to go for this. It will be the same even if the Chinese Govt force feeds it down everyone’s throat – it will not get used.

  3. PeterPan
    January 17, 2014

    The whole idea behind this is probably more control over Chinese civilians. Instead of using backdoors in Miui, Lewa or ColorOS now they just create their own OS which they have full control over. Next encourage the people to share everything and as result the government will know everything about their loyal slaves ^^. Thumps up for the Chinese government, I respect this.