BharOS is an indigenous Operating System developed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. The institute claims that this is a more secure and private OS that may benefit Indian smartphone users. This Operating System is developed by JandK Operations Private Limited (JandKops) which is a non-profit organization of IIT Madras. BharOS aims to provide safety and privacy to smartphone users along with the choice to install apps of their interest.
The BharOS offers a choice to users to install their preferred apps, unlike Google’s pre-installed apps ecosystem. The new OS is based on AOSP and aims at providing alternative and indigenous platforms. It provides an alternative solution for Google’s Android and offers a choice of selecting preferred services. It does not have any pre-installed apps on the system. However, it is interesting to see how the incumbent Android OS should be replaced with this new one.
BharOS provides access to a private app store service named PASS. The OS will provide an indigenous solution for privacy and security. However, there needs more clarity on some issues to make it more vibrant and people-friendly. As it is not clear yet how can one switch from the present Android OS to BharOS, will it get regular updates is another important question.
As of now, there is only information about the development of BharOS as an Indian alternative to Android or Apple OS. It is further interesting to see which smartphones will be compatible to get this new OS. Developers can also contact OEMs to launch phones with BharOS. Developers claim that the new OS will be better than Android and iOS and effectively saves battery life too. Further, it also allows having third-party apps along with a private app store.