Recent reports suggest China is all set to roll out the first version of its homegrown operating system by October to take on the global software giants including Microsoft.
According to reports from Xinhua news agency, Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering told People’s Post and Telecommunications News that the OS will be first launched for desktop devices and will later on be expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
Ni said China is expected to get its first domestic desktop operating system supporting app stores by as soon as October. While China already has some homegrown OS operating in the country, they are not so technologically developed in comparison to other operating systems he added.
He said that the domestically built software is expected to replace the other desktop operating systems within one to two years and mobile operating systems within three to five years in the country.
Ni however complained that there are still problems concerning the new OS including “a lack of research funds and too many developers pulling in different directions.”
He noted that the official ban on Windows 8 on government computers as well as the end of Windows XP support would ensure a good opening for domestic OS developers.
Ni said that the key to success for the new OS lies in an environment that can help compete with leading giants Google, Apple and Microsoft.
The release of the new OS is expected to aid China’s domestic software industry to terminate the monopoly of other imported OS running in the country including Microsoft’s Windows and Google’s Android.