Did Google threaten Acer to revoke its Android license if it launches its Aliyun OS-based smartphone?

Did Google threaten Acer to revoke its Android license if it launches its Aliyun OS-based smartphone?
Acer has allegedly cancelled the launch of its new CloudMobile A800 based on the Chinese Android-based Aliyun operating system because Google threatened that it’d revoke the company’s Android license. Aliyun OS is a platform developed by Chinese online retailer Alibaba and its aims is to rival Google’s Android operating system.

Acer had scheduled to host a news conference today for the unveiling of its Acer A800 smartphone aimed for China. The company however suddenly called off the event with the marketing chief refusing to comment why.

Soon after the cancellation, though, Alibaba spoke saying it was because Google itself had allegedly threatened Acer to revoke its Android license.

Google's move is "clearly unfair to consumers and we are concerned about the impact on customer access to competitive products," an Alibaba spokesperson said in a blog post. The post now seems to have been removed. 


Acer marketing chief Muriel Kuan said the event was cancelled for a “special reson,” but didn't give any more details.

The launch of the Acer A800 would have given Alibaba support from a big phone maker. Currently, the Aliyun OS ships only on phones sold by little known Chinese companies like Tianyu.

source: Alibaba via Computer World

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40 Comments

1. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

Dafuq, Google?!? Dafuq? That sounds like something Apple would do, not Google. This is a shame. Dafuq?

3. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

There is where you get with your "Googlegoodapplebad"-view on life, gentlemen...

16. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

It's called not letting China have an operating system that they can call there own, based off of an operating system that you freaking own. Imagine Amazon, but backed by the Chinese government. You'd have more phones like Huawai, but stealing your information even more.

25. UlyssesGhost

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

The Aliyun OS is not based off Google; it is not a fork of android. Supposedly the latest update will be able to run android apps.

28. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Wouldn't that make Google 100% liable for pirated .apks being used on that OS?

38. robinrisk unregistered

It seems that members of the OMA can not sell phones with incompatible versions of android. Apparently Acer is a member of the OMA (or OHA, i cant remember) and they cant sell incompatible versions of android.

2. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

that was why sJ said ''don't be evil'' is bulls***.

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Well, when you compare Google to other tech companies, Google is a lesser evil:https://sites.google.com/site/corpsins/

11. JoeBelfiore

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

lesser evil = no evil? lol fanboys

19. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Lesser Evil ----MUCH BETTER THAN---- FULL and FULL EVIL... No EVIL = IMPOSSIBLE

40. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

exactly, every company is going to be evil - that is a give in.

4. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Something tells me this would only be an issue to the chinese market. Though it is not a surprise that some company in China wants to create its own version of something else. That said, maybe Google should just let them go forth with the OS. I doubt they would have much success except in some limited local function.

5. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

untill its confirmed this is just a rumour

10. JoeBelfiore

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

stop this, you are looking like a typical isheep now..

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Huh, now this is curious. Then, again, this could be payback for the stupid move by their gov't to not allow the sale of the N7.

22. rsxl5

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Would be perfect :) Close source of Android OS and continue development of them for selected non Chinese clients not manufacturing in China :) Let Chinese government to rethink their position while orders placed to Chienese companies for devices with outdated OS are getting lower and lower. Newest OS would be still developed but available only in closed bootloader version and for companies manufacturing outside of China :)

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Tit for tat works best. Specially when it's China :)

9. JoeBelfiore

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

See.. This is Google's true side, now take that fandroids.

15. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

You do realize that if Google let out that system, a system based on Android, The Chinese would totally screw them over right?

18. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I agree your words... Only the half-eaten r0tten fruit company has all the rights to be evil in this world.... May be because, they have patented "EVIL" also...

12. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Actually if Google let them take an operating system that is based off their own operating system, and unleash it to China like an idiot, rest assured that the Chinese government backed tech companies like Huawei, who of course puts nothing malicious in their phones to steal your information like they did in India and got kicked out, would without a doubt in the universe, screw Google over like Amazon is doing, but to the 100th power. This is a smart move. Just like having PCs built over there, they are finding all kinds of malicious bots that have been installed somewhere in the process. That's what happens when you outsource and then borrow from the enemy. Thank you Mr Greed.

26. UlyssesGhost

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

If Google were to do that they would be idiots, but Aliyun OS based on linux, not on android. It is not a fork of android like TouchWiz is, it is an OS of it's own. As for Chinese spyware and Malware, that is another matter entirely.

33. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Did you even read the article? My guess is no...aliyun is based on android. Touchwiz is not a fork of Android, it is a customized UI and nothing more

37. UlyssesGhost

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

If the article reported that aliyun is based on android, then it is clearly wrong. Search it on bing or google, aliyun is an alibaba program that was developed from linux, not from android. 2.0 just added cloud based support and the ability to run android apps. That would seem to make it a threat to android and thus, to google. As for touchwiz, they integrate it into the deepest core of android. If it is not a fork, it is about as close to it as it can be.

13. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

What!? Google would never do such a thing. They're such an outstanding company that does nothing but constantly innovate They would never threaten another company like this and they only sue other companies for defensive purposes. (sarcasm)

14. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Bad move Google.

17. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

A big corporate can't be alive for long without being evil... But Google is the least evil of all... Further, Aliyun is already based on Android... So it is natural that Google is asking Acer "If you want to develop device for a OS based on ours, atleast leave ours"... It is still better than suing Acer for using one OS that is based on their OS...

20. JoeBelfiore

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Less evil != no evil

27. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Less Evil BETTER THAN ALL-EVIL No Evil = IMPOSSIBLE...

21. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

Least evil of all? Are you kidding? Google is one of the worst. Try this on from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottcleland/2012/01/2 0/the-evidence-googles-systematic-theft-is-anti-co mpetitive/ Or how about this regarding their anti-trust practices; http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/sep/04/g oogle-search-engine-foundem I have know idea why so many people put Google up on a pedestal.

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