Micromax is reportedly set to take a giant leap by developing its own mobile operating system. It will essentially be a forked version of Android that is expected to power its upcoming devices. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 could launch as a high-end phone with tons of exciting features
Lead by former Amazon executive Ashish Agrawal, the first smartphones running on the new OS are expected by the end of the year, and they will be affordably priced too. Besides the operating system, Micromax will also develop a suite of apps and services to seamlessly run across different platforms such as smartphones, tablets, wearable devices and Smart TVs. Also Read - Xiaomi confirms Mi 11 Lite colour variants in India: Here are the options available
We’ve already seen some of the forked Android versions powering Microsoft’s Nokia X series, Xiaomi’s smartphones and tablets, Amazon’s Fire smartphone and Kindle Fire tablets among others. It will be interesting to see what Micromax does to its OS in order to differentiate itself from the crowd. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
In an interview with ET, Micromax co-founder Vikas Jain said, “We’re excellent with partnerships and we don’t want to reinvent the wheel.” He further added that the company isn’t breaking away from Android, but looking forward to develop a customized OS and apps for its target audience in India.
Over the past year, we’ve seen Micromax teaming up with Cyanogen to power its online-exclusive YU brand smartphones. Micromax has also invested in online travel portal ixigo, health startup HealthifyMe and MiMedia, a US-based consumer cloud provider.
Micromax has its software development team in Bangalore, with about 75 people acquired from Nokia’s R&D in Beijing and some from Shenzen to support this venture. The slew of apps and services being developed by the company would also extend support to YU series.
While the official name of the operating system is not known yet, it’s just a matter of time till more information starts pouring in.