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IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Backs Indigenous Operating System 'BharOS'

According to the report, the government's support for the native mobile operating system and chipset comes at a time when India is pursuing an antitrust claim against Google and the centre has imposed a fine of USD161 million for alleged abuse of its dominant market position in the country

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Amid the centre's approval to the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras developed the BharOS operating system. Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw extended his support to the government’s call on working on the chip’s app ecosystem and making the chipset self-reliant (Aatmanirbhar), according to a media report on Wednesday.

The extended support came after a briefing between Vaishnaw and the union minister of communications, electronics and information technology, Dharmendra Pradhan with Dr KN Satyanarayana of ITT Tirupati, who highlighted the system’s great working and its potential to compete with Google's Android and Apple's iOS for smartphones.

Vaishnav further underlined the difficulties to come with the "Aatmanirbhar” journey of the system chip and how it’s likely to receive hindrance around the world.

According to reports, the government's support for the native mobile operating system and chipset comes at a time when India is pursuing an antitrust claim against Google. The centre has imposed a fine of USD161 million for alleged abuse of its dominant market position in the country. 

As nearly 97 per cent of the Indian smartphone market is made up of Google's Android OS, India's antitrust watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI) has urged Google to change the Android OS, ensuring users have more options on apps they want to use on their phones. 

The American search engine has appealed to the Supreme Court to block CCI's order. The company further agreed to review the decision and "cooperate with the CCI on the way forward."

India on the other hand is yet to share details on the native chipset that is likely to bring a great future for Indian smartphones.