J&K Operations, an incubated firm of IIT Madras, has announced a new operating system for mobile phones called BharOS. Bharos is said to be a privacy-focused operating system that will be made available for commercial off-the-shelf handsets.
The new OS is claimed to be indigenous and also reinforces Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. However, is the OS really indigenous? Let’s take a look at what Bharos has in store.
What is trust?
Bharos is an India-made operating system that is claimed to be privacy-centric and indigenous.
Which phones will boot on trust?
The developers haven’t disclosed who they plan to partner with, however, trust organizations with stringent security and privacy requirements will be provided.
What are the characteristics of trust?
- BharOS will be privacy-focused, which means it will not allow any third-party apps to be downloaded, for example, installed from Google’s Play Store. Instead, it will have its own private App Store Services (Pass).
- PASS will offer curated apps that meet the organization’s security and privacy standards.
- Bharosa will come with No Default Apps (NDA), which will allow users to download apps of their choice from PASS.
- As far as updates are concerned, devices with BharOS will get Native Over-The-Air (NOTA) updates. The updates will be automatically downloaded to the phone, so users do not need to manually install and apply the update. It’s the same as it is on Android.
What is the basis of trust?
Though Bharos is claimed to be indigenous, it will be based on the Android Open-Source Project (AOSP).
Will Bharosa replace Android?
Currently, there are limited details to answer the question. However, it should be noted that Trust is based on AOSP. AOSP itself is based on some Android version, and so it is Maintained by google. Google provides regular security backports for AOSP.
So to answer shortly, it will not replace Android. But if the OS is claimed to be for enterprises, it can be used as a substitute for the real Android system.
But again, since limited information is available, it is unclear how often the developers of Trust manage to push updates to the phone.
Will Bharos offer Android-like utility features?
The developers of Trust have revealed that phones running the OS will not have default apps. But as far as features are concerned, we don’t know anything yet.
Will it offer Android-like privacy dashboard, personalization options and battery health features? These questions are yet to be answered.
Having said that, Bharosa doesn’t really seem to be an indigenous OS, at least for now. But we’ll see when the OS finally materializes and we’ll know more.
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