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New Delhi: Union minister for communications, electronics & information technology Ashwini Vaishnaw and education minister Dharmendra Pradhan successfully tested the ‘BharOS’, a Made In India mobile operating system developed by IIT Madras.

The BharOS is an Android Open Source Project based operating system which is developed by JandK Operations Private Limited. Unlike Android, it does not have default Google apps or services, which implies that users will not be forced to opt for applications that they are unfamiliar with or do not trust.

It can be installed on commercial off-the-shelf handsets. BharOS services are currently being provided to organisations that have stringent privacy and security requirements and whose users handle sensitive information that requires confidential communications on restricted apps on mobiles.

The indigenous mobile operating system comes with No Default Apps (NDA), which means users will not be forced to use apps that they may not be familiar with or that they may not trust.

Pradhan said that the poor of the country will be the main beneficiary of a strong, indigenous, dependable & self-reliant digital infrastructure, the Ministry of Education said in a statement. “‘BharOS’ is a successful step towards data privacy," he added.

He further said that successful test of ‘BharOS’ – the Made in India mobile operating system is an important initiative towards fulfilling PM Modi’s vision of a strong, indigenous & self-reliant digital infrastructure in India.

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