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IIT Madras’ BharOS: A Game-changer for the Indian Mobile Industry

The Indian-made OS provides unprecedented levels of privacy and control for the users

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Aditya Saikrishna
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INDIA: An IIT Madras-incubated company has developed a mobile operating system with the assistance of JandK Operations Private Limited to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of making India “Atmanirbhar.”

The OS’s creators have given it the name “BharOS” and stated that it would benefit the nation’s 100 crore mobile phone users.

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This software supports off-the-shelf commercial handsets. The OS’s creators assert that it was created to provide users with a safer experience.

The developers of the mobile operating system BharOS say that the OS provides “more freedom, control, and flexibility to choose and use apps that fit the user’s needs.”

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This mobile operating system has No Default Apps (NDA), a much-needed respite from unwanted apps. 

Unlike AndroidOS, this will give users access to most of the available storage space.

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The original equipment manufacturers include some native apps apart from the Google apps that come preinstalled on the phones. One will not be compelled to use apps they may not be familiar with or trust on BharOS.

Similar to Android phones, one can receive “Native Over the Air” (NOTA) updates. According to the developers, users do not need to manually initiate the process because NOTA updates are automatically downloaded and installed on the device.

In addition, the operating system will provide access to reputable applications from organization-specific Private App Store Services (PASS). 

A PASS grants access to a carefully selected selection of apps that have passed organizations’ stringent security and privacy checks.

The developers stated that users could be confident that the applications they are installing are safe to use and have been checked for any potential security flaws or privacy concerns.

BharOS is currently available to businesses that adhere to stringent privacy and security standards and “whose users handle sensitive information that requires confidential communications on restricted mobile apps.”

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