Meizu to get a $590 million investment from Alibaba


Last October, we shared news about the Meizu MX4 Pro smartphone. This device is rumored to be packing heavyweight specifications, like an octa-core Samsung Exynos CPU, quad-HD display, 3 GB of RAM, and a couple of monster cameras.

One thing that really set the MX4 Pro apart was the operating system spotted on the device, YunOS (shortened from Aliyun OS), a Linux-based platform developed by none other than Chinese e-Commerce giant, Alibaba. The two companies announced a partnership about the same time we saw the MX4 Pro rise to the surface.

YunOS is Alibaba’s move into the white-hot smartphone market that is China, and the company has made no secret of its intentions to compete with Google and Apple. Google’s Android holds a commanding overall market share in China, but Google’s services are not leveraged well. Some of that is due to market limitations, but mostly it is because of government interference.

That leaves the door open for a well-funded company like Alibaba to make a big bet on its home market, and that is just what it is doing, by announcing it will be buying a minority stake in Meizu for $590 million.

Alibaba will have a dedicated channel to push YunOS, and Meizu will have access to Alibaba’s considerable sales and distribution channels, along with other resources. There is no indication that this will result in any push of YunOS powered devices outside of China.

source: Reuters

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9 Comments

1. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

PA, the guy in the picture is called Jack Ma (or Ma Yun). I can't believe you made such mistake lol. One of the richest people in Asia, you don't know? -__-'

4. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

I've taken myself out to the woodshed.

2. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

That is not Jonathan Lu on the photo, that is Jack Yun Ma.

5. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Typing faster than reading notes and annotating pictures.

3. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

YunOS? Try to compete with Android? It's a painful joke. LOL

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5813; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Almost as funny as Tizen/WP 7 trying to compete with Android (But WP 10 looks like a huge improvement from WP 7, WP 10 will probably do a lot better than WP 7, but too early to tell)

8. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

That's a different story. Tizen and WP are both from a huge software developer. If they can't be on par with Android, at least they could survive for the time being. But Alibaba is just an e commercial service. yeah let's say it is big, but not in mobile os ecosystem, so chances to rival other os is uncertain.

9. Chuck007

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Well, Google was just a search engine when they started so..

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Jack Ma rules

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