The Xinhua news agency is reporting the operating system could be ready by October, and would first appear on desktop then follow on smartphones and mobile devices.
The agency quoted Ni Guangnan, the head of an official Chinese OS development alliance established in March. Reuters said Ni’s comments were originally reported by the People’s Post and Telecommunications News, an official trade paper run by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
“We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores,” Ni told the nespaper, adding a large gap exists between China’s technology and that of developed countries.
It's unclear if the operating system would be Linux-based, though that seems likely given Linux's open nature and the sheer amount of work required to create an entirely new operating system from scratch.
The move would be a bid to “cull” the current desktop operating systems, and adds to China's push to cut its population's reliance on US technologies.
And it seems to be working - Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has taken top spot in the country's smartphone race and is currently the fifth-biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world.