Ex-Google China president Kai-Fu Lee announced today via the Wall Street Journal his intention to launch a brand new mobile operating system based around Android. The OS variant doesn’t stray far from its Android origins in naming, either, sticking with the food theme but going for something a bit heartier than dessert. The OS to be named Tapas won’t just be a simple re-skinning of Android, though the modifications being made hardly seem to warrant the need for a brand new OS.
Lee wants to add in software that detects the originating city of incoming calls, built-in contact syncing for Chinese social networks, and a lyric-gathering music player. Yeah, those all sound like things apps could (and have) taken care of, but OK. We are willing to see what else Tapas might offer.