0822 GMT January 23, 2020
Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said on Thursday that the new operating system would be a bespoke version of Android, a Google-owned system which is installed on over two billion mobile devices around the world, presstv.ir reported.
“We are not seeking an indigenous operating system. We seek to ... dismantle the access of this government (the US) to remove our applications through having an operating system made to order,” said Azeri Jahromi.
The comments came after media reports suggested that Iran had developed its own operating system to help mobile device users in the country avoid Google’s periodic restrictions on apps developed inside Iran for business and routine daily purposes like shopping and ride-hailing.
Azeri Jahromi, however, rejected the notion that the OS, titled Aria Mini, is a pure Iranian operating system, adding that researchers were still working on such a project.