|Written in||C (core), C++ (some third party libraries), Java (UI)|
|Source model||Closed source with open-source components|
|Marketing target||Firmware replacement for low-cost Android devices|
|Kernel type||Monolithic (Linux kernel)|
LeWa OS (Chinese: 乐蛙), also known as Music Frogs and жабка, is an operating system for smartphones, based on the Android mobile platform. Developed by Chinese company Lewa Technology, it is mainly intended for low-cost phones under 1000 yuan (around US$126). As of April 2013, there are more than 2 million users of the system, and as of July 2012, they are among the most popular third-party Android-based ROMs in China, together with MIUI and DianXin OS (also known as Tapas OS). Lewa is also the first aftermarket Android-based firmware in the world that supports the dual-SIM standby feature.
LeWa's team started developing ROMs for Android devices since August 2009, before the LeWa company was established.
Soon after LeWa's technology was established in Shanghai at April 2011, it had received 20 million Reminbi angel investment from Green Pine Capital Partners (also the Round A investor of fanfou.com, coship and some other companies) by June 2011. The company released the first official release of LeWa OS in October 2011. In June 2012, the first "Open Build" version was released with parts of its source code open-sourced, accompanied by a toolchain for developers to build their own versions of the OS.
During early July 2012, it received 50 million renminbi (~7/9 million USD) funding from Tencent, and LeWa started deeply integrating Tencent's mobile manager into their ROM since a month before that and provided a SDK to block spam messages on the system level. Observers believe this investment is part of Tencent's strategy to enter the ROM-flashing market.
The ROM includes its own app store named "LeWa Market", a power-save mode, adjustable switches in notification bar, and other modifications "optimized and localized" for Chinese users. It releases new version via over-the-air updates every Friday. Unofficial releases are available for certain phones without official support from LeWa. Some believe that it provides a user experience and design that's similar or better than iOS and MIUI, and some also praise the ROM for being simple and battery-saving. However, some Chinese commentators believe that it consumes more battery than stock Android.
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