Here is why Google blocked Acer's Aliyun smartphone launch
The problem seems to be in the lack of information about the Aliyun OS. A platform developed by China’s biggest online retailer Alibaba, it is developed off of Linux with the ambition to become China’s Android. That is why the people behind it felt there was no justification for Google forcing Acer to stay away from it.
Google however thought Aliyun is a ripoff.
Alibaba vice president of international corporate affairs John Spelich accused Google of “having no idea” and “just speculating.”
All of this definitely started to get weird and to avoid all that negative press Google’s Android head Andy Rubin explained the situation in a Google+ post:
2. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
I would say so too but, I wouldn't choose it over Android. It looks like a cheap rip off of MIUI to me. I wouldn't even choose Aliyun over MIUI. I don't care if they would come out with an Aliyun phone. More power to them.
9. aaronkatrini (Posts: 237; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
yeah, but on china could be huge, ... i mean HUGE hit!
12. rf1975 (Posts: 247; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
No. It is not. The reasons is Google has already learnt the lesson about forked Android amazon kindle fire. Forked Android soon will become a threat to Google's Android business or so called ecosystem (whatever it is). That why Google is so upset. Do not thing there are much benefit for developer or end user in Google's blockade.
3. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
If you use this chinese software, don't be surprised if all your personal information and data is stolen and stored in China
5. adelta90 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
yep, agreed. Good thing google decided to take steps
7. AndroidShiz (Posts: 145; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
Also stay away from Huawei. Known stealers of information in countries like India, etc.
11. rf1975 (Posts: 247; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
I do not know where are you living. But most of your personal information is with Google if you use Android otherwise with Apple if you use iOS.
As you you know Google mean making money from all kind of data. Do you think they bother about privacy. Do you remember they have been handed over a hefty fine for cheating safari.
14. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Never heared that Google was involved in Industrial espionage, economic espionage or corporate espionage like some chinese corporates...
Sure Google uses your personal information and you get FREE service in exchange.
I won't let a closed chinese software get access to my credit cards accounts...
15. adelta90 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
See, android is open source (or so i believe)
If Google could use our personal data for profit as you have suggested, someone would easily have found it out
However, Aliyun is closed source, God knows what goes on in it, so hence, the paranoia
4. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
China is one massive piece of market and having a chunk of their smartphone population running on Aliyun would not benefit Google in anyway.
6. yasoof (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)
this is a clear anti competitive behavior from google
8. e.wvu (unregistered)
How? It's Acer who's trying to put Android's software on their device and call it their OS.
13. tedkord (Posts: 4936; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Yes, it's so anticompetitive to require your partners to abide by the terms of their contractual agreements. Simply abysmal behavior.
16. MartyK (Posts: 714; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
These three statement says it all:
1.While Android remains free for anyone to use as they would like.
2.By joining the Open Handset Alliance (OHA).
3.Each member contributes to and builds one Android platform.
Enough said; especially #2!!
17. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 625; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Want to bet that Alibaba is funded by the Chinese government? Look, it's no secret that Big red loves to censor it's own people and control aspects of their lives. Controlling your cell phone is just another part of that. Acer wants to make money, but I'm sure Acer is a Chinese outfit if I'm correct. Good move on Google's part to call up the agreement that all Android developers have to abide by, Acer can pull out and go with Aliyun. I'm sorry but I cannot side with any government that allow theft so blatantly and is so patriotic that they care less about anything that isn't built at home. Big corporations make deals and they get cheap labor and the government is fine with that. Evil corps this side of the pond take advantage of that. Google is all software and basically sits on the sidelines as they have no hardware that has to be built, but I don't think they are all clear as everyone has some stake in cheap labor somewhere on this planet.