Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Dec 2016 20:15 UTC
Android

Indus OS - a mobile phone operating system built in India - has become the country's second-most popular smartphone platform, surpassing Apple's iOS.

That looks interesting.

Now, it's not exactly a new operating system built from scratch, but the developers have tweaked the Android platform to meet the unique demands and culture of India.

Oh.

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Why didn't Google do this?
by Skender on Wed 14th Dec 2016 08:00 UTC
Skender
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2010-11-18

I bought my Nexus 5 in India. The only Indian language it supports is Hindi. No Bengali (83 million speakers), No Telugu (75 million), No Tamil (70 million). Given the big number of people that Google employs in India, it's quite bizarre that they never bothered to translate Android to more local languages. (Your average old Nokia dump-phone is/was available in just about any local language).

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Oh?
by Sodki on Wed 14th Dec 2016 10:39 UTC
Sodki
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2005-11-10

Thom, why "Oh"? That's the power of Free Software, you change it to meet your own needs. In this case, the needs of hundreds of million of people, and that's a good thing.

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RE: Oh?
by avgalen on Wed 14th Dec 2016 13:30 UTC in reply to "Oh?"
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

Thom, why "Oh"? That's the power of Free Software, you change it to meet your own needs. In this case, the needs of hundreds of million of people, and that's a good thing.

The "Oh" was because this isn't an interesting new operating system, but just a tweaked Android. A good thing, but not interesting (for Thom)

It is like there is a new Desktop Operating System that is now the 2nd most used, behind Windows 7 but in front of Windows XP...it is Windows 10...."Oh"

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