One week ago, the Institute of Software under Chinese Academy of Sciences unveiled China Operating System (COS) together with Shanghai Liantong Internet Technologies Ltd, as reported by CCTV, China’s state-owned TV station.

COS team claims it’s a self-developed mobile operating system that is similar to the mainstream mobile OSs, but has a closed app store, through verification, to make sure of app security and open APIs that third-party developers still can create apps for it.

COS (screen shot from the CCTV report)

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com