Chinese company, Tencent has launched its own open-source Tencent Operating System (TOS+), which is based on Google’s Android platform. The new smart hardware operating system will be running smartphones, smartwatches, TVs, VR devices and also mobile gaming devices.
TOS+ was first discussed May last year and has finally been unveiled at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing. The operating system is available to be licensed without cost, as long as the developers and manufacturers agree to share part of their revenue. TOS+ also offers voice recognition along with a mobile payment system, which allows businesses to take advantage of Tencent’s integrated social services – WeChat, the company’s most popular messaging service in China.
With the introduction of TOS+, Tencent will now be a direct competitor with Xiaomi and its Android ROM (MIUI) along with smart devices sold on its online store. Not only that, it will also be going up against the likes of China’s largest online company, Alibaba which has the Yun OS – currently used in Meizu smartphones.
Tencent’s success really depends on getting the right software and hardware partners, and it seems it is going in the right direction. Tencent is partnering with big names like QQ, Qualcomm and also Broadcom to get TOS+ where it needs to go.