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HTC One, Butterfly S and Flyer used to debut COS (China Operating System)

HTC One, Butterfly S and Flyer used to debut COS (China Operating System)

Remember that rumors and leaks around HTC’s mysterious operating system for the Chinese market? It turns out that the operating system was real. Commissioned by the Chinese government and build by the Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, COS (an acronym for China Operating System) is intended to “break the foreign monopoly in the field of infrastructure software” currently dominated by Microsoft, Google and Apple. COS is designed to run on personal computers, smartphones, tablet, set-top boxes and smart appliances and do pretty much everything Android can do. But unlike Android, the Chinese government is not planning on making COS open source, since they claim there are too many security issues which develop when software is thrust into the open source arena.

The promotional video for COS shows the new operating system running on the HTC One, HTC Butterfly S and the archaic HTC Flyer. While HTC has not made any announcements regarding COS and is not mentioned in the official Chinese news stories, we do not know how involved HTC was in the development of the operating system. That being said, the icons and general UI of COS appear to be inspired by HTC Sense.


With HTC’s recent financial struggles, we would not be surprised if HTC uses the Chinese government sanctioned COS on future smartphones and tablets destined for the Chinese market. by using the operating system, HTC may be able to flood the market with higher profit margin devices since it would not need to pay Microsoft of Apple and patent licensing fees as it does with Android phones. It’s hard to say if such a move would help HTC regain its foothold, but it’s definitely worth a try.

Source: People.com.cn via Engadget

About Nick Gray

Tech enthusiast, Android user and founder of the first HTC blog – Nick Gray has been blogging about HTC phones before most people knew what a smartphone even was. Over the years Nick has owned and tested dozens HTC devices and is constantly flashing new ROMs to his Android phones.

  • Bastiaan van Oossanen

    This will definitely make me say goodbye to HTC.
    The last thing I want is de Chinese government on my mobile phone.

  • http://kcna.co.jp seo wook kim

    currently i do not use smart phones, because they seem to be dominated by u.s. corporations, backed by the fascist u.s regime. but i might actually try htc. i did not like using htc before because taiwan is way too close to the u.s regime. personally, i dont like taiwan myself, but if htc can give me a phone that doesnt send my data to the nsa, and cia, then i will try them out. i’ve been waiting a long time to find a phone that isn’t compromised by u.s. intelligence agencies. i think alot of people will be relieved to use a phone that isnt monitored by the u.s govt