Fear Of The West Drives China To Create Its Own Operating System
China and more specifically the Chinese government seems to have a general fear in regards to the western world. Not only did they ban games consoles from foreign countries, it now seems as if they have concerns over operating systems from the western world too.
This fear or suspicion of the western world has led the Chinese government to build its own smartphone operating system. They also believe that their attempt will be more secure than their competitors, namely Android and iPhone. The one very dubious aspect of their attempt is the similarity it shares with the Android operating system, which is also one of the most popular operating systems.
China Operating System to take on Android and iPhone
For those interested, the China Operating System (COS) had been unveiled by the Liantong Network Communications Technology, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It has been stated by Liantong Deputy GM Chen Feili that the goal is to make the China Operating System the main operating system in China. It does seem as if the product has been created with national security in mind.
Windows is still the main desktop operating system in China, but the country are trying to remedy this by making the open source software Ubuntu available for Chinese users. It is hoped that these users will stop using Windows, and move to using the operating system being pushed by the Chinese government.
The Android operating software has a grip of 90% of China’s smartphone market and iOS, the Apple operating system, controls the remainder. China has a huge population, and this means it has a huge market. If the Government are successful in gaining control of the mobile and desktop operating system markets, they will be able to pocket money which currently is going to companies outside China.