The Indian economy is one of those where they began to look for areas where import substitution is possible. The idea itself does not carry anything bad, the country seeks to provide itself with high-tech production, technologies of today and tomorrow. In the Government of India, any ideas related to import substitution are perceived with great interest and enthusiasm.
In India, there are already several enterprises engaged in the production and assembly of electronics. Now the task is to create their own operating system, as an alternative to iOS and Android. The intention to create a national operating system was announced by the Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
India is thinking about creating its own operating system
He stated that there is domination on the market currently by two operating systems that drive the hardware ecosystem – Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. “There is no third. Therefore, in many respects, there is great interest from the Ministry; and the Government of India to create a new operating system for mobile phones. We talk to people. We are developing policies for this,” Chandrasekhar said. There is a search for a startup and those who can help India in creating its own operating system.
“Important is to have clear goals. Once we have clear goals and what is that we have to achieve then all the policies and actions will be consistent with it,” Chandrasekhar said.
Among other things, India wants to significantly increase the production of electronics in its country. So, the plans are to bring the production of smart devices to the level of $300 billion in 2026 against $75 billion now.
Also, if India wants to make its own operating system; then it needs developers to have an interest in writing software for it. To do this, you need a large number of devices with proprietary operating systems or make your OS such that you can run the same Android apps on it. And what is the use of your own operating system, if in the end users get the same Android?
In addition, to bring the Indian national OS to life, companies need to adapt hardware for it; write drivers and release the corresponding devices. Also, the viability of the project in the end will largely depend on whether the Indian operating system will offer something original, whether manufacturers and consumers will show interest in it. And this is a hard task.