- BharOS is made by an IIT-M-funded company.
- It is a privacy-focused operating system.
- Available only for commercial use currently.
BharOS, a new smartphone operating system, has been launched in the country. It is made by JandK Operations Pvt Ltd, a firm incubated by IIT Madras Pravartal Technologies Foundation Ltd.
BharOS, short for Bharat Operating System, is a new smartphone operating system for commercial off-the-shelf smartphones.
“BharOS Service is a Mobile Operating System built on a foundation of trust, focusing on providing users more freedom, control, and flexibility to choose and use only the apps that fit their needs. This innovative system promises to revolutionise how users think about security and privacy on their mobile devices,” said V. Kamakoti, director of IIT Madras.
BharOS is currently being provided to commercial organisations with stringent privacy and security requirements, where users handle sensitive information. But these users require access to 5G networks and private cloud servers, which BharOS can provide.
One of the significant features of BharOS is that it doesn’t come with any default apps. This enables more privacy and security. Also, the users will have more control over which apps have permission to access their data.
BharOS supports native over-the-air updates (NOTA), which allows the operating system to automatically download and install the latest system updates without user intervention.
BharOS provides organization-specific Private App Store Services (PASS). With it, users get access to a list of a curated list of applications that are thoroughly vetted for security and privacy.
BharOS is currently available for commercial use, and it is not available for personal use as of now. It is not a traditional operating system like Android or iOS, and it is not likely that we will see the operating system in smartphones in recent future. Even if it comes on the market, it would be a niche product focused on privacy and security, it will not be competing with Android and iOS.