Minister of State For Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar has recently revealed to the Parliament that the government has allocated no funds for developing the Operating System (OS) yet.
Chandrasekar stated that the development of the OS would be part of "the government's efforts to create a vibrant design and innovation ecosystem in Electronics and Information technology".
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When questioned by Congress MP Karti P Chidambaram if this OS will be restricted to the Indian users or not, Chandrasekhar revealed that there is no government policy that would restrict the export and utilisation of Indian software outside of India as of now, reported India Today.
This pitch to create an Indian version of Android or iOS was first proposed in January this year by Chandrasekar. The vision was to develop an alternative to Android and iOS -- two of the world's most prominent smartphone operating systems.
Earlier in the year, Chandrasekar had claimed that they were seeking capabilities within the startup and academic ecosystem to develop a made-in-India operating system.
"If there is some real capability then we will be very much interested in developing that area because that will create an alternative to iOS and Android which then an Indian brand can grow," Chandrasekar had then said.
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India's decision to create and supply its own OS comes at a significant time, with the country set to acquire a billion smartphone users in 2026, with smartphone penetration skyrocketing in rural areas.
The country is also seeking to turn itself into the second-biggest smartphone manufacturer on the global platform.