It seems like all the major technology companies are facing a new threat in China. China has prepared a domestic operating system for its users, which is likely to replace Windows and Android in upcoming months. As mentioned by the Xinhua News Agency in China, China is working hard to release its domestic OS by October this year to fight against the operating system monopoly of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and because of possible U.S. surveillance.
All major tech companies including Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) face potential competition from this new operating system. Among these three, Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) would be least one affected considering its smaller customer base in China. This new operating system would be available for both domestic as well as government purposes.
This project has been completed under the guidance of Lenovo co-founder, Guangnan Ni, accompanied with a group of Chinese developers. He further mentioned that the developers are using Android as the base for this operating system and with Government aid, they would be able to move the new operating system swiftly.
According to Ni,
“China has more than a dozen mobile OS developers with no independent intellectual property rights because their research is based on Android. Our key to success lies in an environment that can help us compete with Google, Apple and Microsoft.”
The movement to develop a domestic operating system caught fire when Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) ended support for Windows XP in April 2014. The move deserted nearly 75% of the Chinese computer users posing malware and similar bug risks. Further, the Chinese government banned Windows 8 from all the government computers to control their dependence over foreign tech companies.
The other company which will be affectedby this decision is Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL). According to recent estimates, 30% of the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Android users are located in China.
This article has been written by Prakash Pandey and edited by Serkan Unal.