COS (operating system)

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Developer Liantong Network Communications Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Closed source
Initial release 15 January 2014 (2014-01-15)
Marketing target Mobile, Tablets, Set top boxes
Platforms ARM
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux kernel)
Default user interface Several GUIs
License Various
Official website

COS is a Linux kernel-based mobile operating system developed in China mainly targeting mobile devices, tablets and set top boxes. COS stand for China Operating system and is being developed by the Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS) together with Shanghai Liantong Network Communications Technology to compete with foreign operating systems like iOS and Android.[1] The operating system is based on Linux but the platform is closed source. Security and the risk of back doors in devices from foreign vendors are some of the main motivations for COS. Android had almost 90% of the smart phone market when COS was introduced and Apple most of the remaining market share. COS looks very similar to Android and has its own Application Portal much like Android Market and iOS App Store.


The Linux kernel is GPLv2 and the COS framework is closed source and licensed by the originators.

Core OS[edit]

The COS Core operating system is based on the Linux kernel and can be seen as a Linux distribution, in the same way as the Android operating system.


According to the official statements, COS supports HTML5 based applications and Java based applications.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BREE FENG (January 17, 2014). "China Unveils New Native Operating System". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 

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