China Mobile plans to set up an industry alliance for its Open Mobile System (OMS) operating system for handsets to end China’s reliance on foreign mobile phone operating systems.
The idea of the OMS industry alliance is to boost the development of the operating system and make OMS a world-class mobile phone operating system with high security, transparency and a user-friendly interface.
The new OMS should also help China Mobile in building an applications store and compete with iPhone’s App Store. To this end, the company is developing a browser-based application engine (BAE) for multiple mobile phone operating systems. BAE is being developed for OMS, Symbian and Windows Mobile.
Regardless of its technological merits, there is little doubt that with close to 500 million subscribers China Mobile will lack critial mass.