Chinese government plans to ditch Apple and Google with its own OS


Apple couldn't be more popular in China -- among customers, that is!
Apple couldn't be more popular in China -- among customers, that is!

China is planning to take on Apple and Google with a new homegrown operating system that will launch this year, as Chinese government seeks to distance itself from imported rivals.

The new operating system created by the Chinese government will hit desktops first when its released in October, according to a report from Reuters, and will hopefully supplant Windows, OS X and Chrome OS as the top desktop operating system in China within one to two years, with a mobile version planned as well.

Ni Guangnan who heads the official OS development alliance, says that the mobile operating system should replace iOS and Android within the next three to five years, and that the new OS will support app stores.

Security concerns with U.S. computer software has heightened tensions between the U.S. and China after revelations from Edward Snowden claimed the NSA has open backdoor tools coded into most U.S. software. A number of Chinese OSes already existed, but Ni admits there’s a large gap between China’s tech and that of the West.

Earlier this year, China banned Windows 8 for government use and opened an investigation into anti-trust violations. Ni told reporters the Windows 8 ban is a big opportunity for China to push forward with its own systems, but it still needs a lot more development and investment in order to contend with Google, Apple and Microsoft.

  • While this makes sense for China to pursue an OS that hasn’t already been compromised, they’re dreaming if they think they can program in enough safeguards to keep the NSA and other nations’ covert spying out of their systems. I believe that the current level of sophisticated invasion into our homes and offices is more extensive than even Hollywood portrays. For an interesting look at government access to our phones and computers, watch the Will Smith movie “Enemy of the State” which is currently free to watch on YouTube. The 3 Bourne movies also demonstrate the abilities of cyber-intrusion to hack into just about any electronic network.

  • gbcinques

    Its own OS made from code stolen from Apple/Google.

    • Peter Wolf

      I don’t think they will steal the code. It’s more probable they will use the existing free solutions like Linux – they did it in the past – and steal the UI concepts from OS X/Windows. They can thus reuse their existing efforts like WPS Office, a rather nice MS Office alternative that runs on Linux and Windows, a WINE compatibility layer for Windows apps, a wealth of quite mature open source drivers, and so on…

    • DoughnutMan69

      Well they are china, of course they steal things.

  • “Oh man I cannot wait to get ahold of their SDK and develop applications for China” -Said no one ever.

  • This serves all the companies, ie; the movie studios, the tech companies, right for bending over and grabbing their ankles for China. China Clones everything and brands it as their own, it was only matter of time before they did that with operating systems, social networks and search. These US companies where so bent over they never even notice the Chinese ripping them off, and once China has implanted their clones, then they will ban those systems… don’t think so, look what China is doing to the film industry. Its to bad corporations are all controlled by the greedy 1% just looking out for their quick millions. Cause it sure would be great for someone to tell China to go fuck them selves and not do business with them.

  • 1manWarMachine

    More power to them.

  • Andy Shorrock

    China needs to be careful now, other nations may decide to withdraw manufacturing and fabricating from mainland China if China proves itself so paranoid as to accuse everyone else of doing something they are themselves perfectly capable of doing (inserting technology into the product at build which means they can spy and snoop.)