China is making moves to replace Windows, Android, and iOS as the most used operating system in the country. From what we've come to understand, China plans to release this operating system by October, and no doubt Google, Apple, and Microsoft will all feel threatened by this.
China began taking a whole new approach to computer technology related projects in the country due to cyber security threats from the United States. Things took a massive turn after whistleblower, Edward Snowden, dropped the bomb about the NSA's practices at home and abroad.
We've seen the Chinese government taking aims at the likes of Microsoft, Apple, and several other companies in recent times. We have no doubt that as the years pass by, the Net will be widened as the country seeks to have more power over what citizens use.
According to a report from the Xinhua news agency, the desktop version will hit store shelves in October. Furthermore, the country expects the software to become the number one used desktop operating system in a year or two, which means it is possible Microsoft could be in some serious trouble during that time.
In addition, China is planning to launch a smartphone version of the operating system to compete with Android and iOS. This operating system is expected to unseat the top dogs within three or five years, so unless Google and Apple have certain plans in place, both companies stand to lose a lot, Apple more so than Google.
"China has more than a dozen mobile OS developers with no independent intellectual property rights because their research is based on Android," says Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
"Our key to success lies in an environment that can help us compete with Google, Apple and Microsoft," Ni went on to add.
Ni claims that the end of Windows XP and the government ban on Windows 8, have managed to open the doors for Chinese operating system developers to flex their muscle.
Things could get even more interesting, should the Chinese choose to compete with Microsoft, Google, and Apple on a global scale. The mobile operating system would be the likely one to be more competitive while the desktop version would face serious competition from Windows and OS X.
Can this China made operating system succeed?
We believe it will have success in China though we're not completely certain how it would fare if released worldwide. Right now, the most popular smartphones in China are made by Chinese companies, and no doubt the government will force these companies to ditch Android and work with the homegrown software.
On the desktop scene, China might have no choice but to release the operating system for free, because who buys software in China these days?
A huge change of the guard appears to be happening in the technology universe, as the Chinese are rising up to compete with US based technology.