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.
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.
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.
Google’s “Don’t be evil” is weaker and weaker every time the search giant does something against its own motto. How many times did we see Google somehow managing to infringe on the customer’s privacy? How many times did we see Google investigated in various regions of the world including the U.S. and Europe for alleged actions that deserve being looked into? How many times did we see the company forced to pay a fine or settle a legal matter?
China has the biggest mobile market today, with about 1 billion users. Since smartphones currently constitute a small minority of this industry, there is much room for growth. But with Google mostly absent from China, who will fill in the supposed void? Local e-commerce company Alibaba wants to eventually dominate the market with its own Aliyun OS.
Alibaba and Haier might not say much to the mainstream Western technology user, but the Chinese smartphone lovers (on a budget) should definitely remember the two companies’ names. The two companies are planning to release a jointly-developed Android phone named Zing, which will hit China in a matter of days, at a very affordable price. E-commerce giant Alibaba and multinational consumer electronics and home appliances company Haier are advertising Zing as the “cheapest waterproof smartphone”. Aside from being resistant to spills of any kind, the device is also dustproof and shockproof. As far as hardware and performance goes, you shouldn’t…