The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras recently held a conference and announced BharOS – a new mobile operating system focused on privacy and security. The operating system is developed by JandK Operations Private Limited (JandKops), a Section 8 (Not-For-Profit) company incorporated by IIT Madras. BharOS is basically a very clean fork of AOSP that offers various security and privacy features.
For example, there are no default applications preloaded in the operating system. This allows users to carefully choose the applications they need and trust. BharOS also provides access to a private application store service called PASS. Obviously, it’s full of carefully selected apps that have been verified to meet the privacy and security needs of businesses.
This is exactly the target audience for the operating system. It will be provided to businesses and organizations with specific security requirements and sensitive information. Apparently, BharOS will also get its own local over-the-air updates. However, it is unclear which version of the Android kernel it is currently based on.
Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, had this to say about the software project:
BharOS Services is a mobile operating system built on trust , focused on giving users more freedom, control, and flexibility to choose and use the applications that meet their needs. This innovative system promises to revolutionize how users think about security and privacy on their mobile devices.
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