Xiaomi sold 720,000 phones in the first 12 hours of Singles Day, for a total of 163 million in revenue. Hugo Barra, the former Googler who heads Xiaomi’s international expansion, took to Google Plus to announce the impressive milestones the company hit in the first 12 hours of Singles Day:
Alternative app stores and platform branches: Is Android too open?
Android is continuing to dominate the worldwide smartphone market. Google’s open approach with Android is often cited as a major reason for the platform’s success, but recent events beg the question of whether that openness is a double-edged sword.
Alibaba spins off Aliyun OS. Could recent Google troubles haved caused this?
In the wake of the drama stirred up by the cancellation of Acer's Aliyun OS-based smartphone, Alibaba is making headlines once again with a surprising announcement that they intend to spin off Aliyun OS. The new company is getting a $200 million investment from Alibaba and is striking out on its own.
Alibaba maintains Aliyun’s legitimacy, but agrees with app piracy accusations
There is nothing wrong with making and releasing forks of Android, such as what Amazon does, but it's not a part of the OHA. Acer is and thus far, it has used the inner workings of Android, namely the Android runtime, framework and tools. Aliyun is then, by logic, an incompatible fork of Android, without express permission of Google and is breaking the rules of OHA membership.
Ladies and gentlemen, the mobile OS war is getting into high gear, and apart from iOS, Android and Windows Phone, we have yet another contender intent to take the smartphone world by storm. This time, it's Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. And with the Chinese smartphone market set to become the biggest in the world, it's no wonder platform-makers and manufacturers want a big slice of this pie.
This week, a report hit the web claiming that Google has strong-armed Acer into cancelling the launch of the CloudMobile A800, a smartphone running Aliyun, the Android-based operating system developed by Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba. Google has now clarified the problem.