The Chinese government has introduced its own operating system – China Operating System (COS). The new OS should compete with Android and iOS.

COS is based on Linux, designed for PCs, smartphones, tablets and consoles, and also supports HTML5 applications. However, due to security issues, COS does not apply to open source operating systems.

In addition to the need to ensure the security of mobile devices, the development of its own OS was due to the fact that foreign systems, such as Ubuntu and Android, were not fully localized in China.

According to reports, 100 thousand applications have already been developed for the new OS.

The COS promo video shows (which can be found here) that users familiar with Android will easily figure out the new system. Some even called this platform an “explicit copy of Android.”