(The Hosting News) – China is rumored to be in the process of creating its own operating system as a way to compete with U.S. rivals such as Microsoft, Apple, and Google, reports the Xinhua government news agency.
According to the New York Times, the new operating system could be released as early as October, with availability on desktop devices first followed by smartphones and other mobile devices.
“We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores,” said Ni Guangnan, head of an official operating system development company, to the People’s Post and Telecommunications News.
Guangnan added that a Chinese OS already exists, though there is a “large gap” between developed countries technology and Chinas.
He continued by stating that the he hopes the new software will replace desktop operating systems within one to two years and mobile OS’s within three to five years.
“Creating an environment that allows us to contend with Google, Apple and Microsoft – that is the key to success,” added Ni.