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September 18, 2012

Alibaba rejects Google criticism against its Aliyun OS

Alibaba's Aliyun OS was to power Acer's new smartphone

By CBR Staff Writer

Alibaba group has rejected Google’s criticism of company’s Aliyun operating system saying that it is built on open-source Linux software and not fully compatible with Android.

Google had earlier criticised its Chinese rival Alibaba, claiming its new mobile operating system has infringed apps and breached rules in developing incompatible Android operating sytem versions.

The search engine giant’s move follows Alibaba’s claims of blocking Acer’s launch of new Aliyun OS powered smartphone, for the Chinese market.

Aliyun OS has been developed by Alibaba for powering smartphones.

Alibaba claimed that Google had pressurised Acer which led to calling off of launch of its smart phone and Google claimed that Aliyun deployed the upgraded Android software making it non-compatible.

Google executive Andy Rubin said Aliyun uses the Android runtime, framework and tools and its app store contains Android apps including pirated Google apps.

"If you don’t want to be compatible, then don’t expect help from OHA members," adds Rubin.

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"So if you want to benefit from the Android ecosystem, then make the choice to be compatible. It’s easy, free, and we’ll even help you out.

"But if you don’t want to be compatible, then don’t expect help from OHA members that are all working to support and build a unified Android ecosystem."

Acer has also unveiled its three Android-powered smartphones in Hong Kong, including CloudMobile S500, Liquid Gallent E350 and Liquid Glow E330.

Replying to the criticism Aliyun Computing president Wang Jian rejected the criticism leveled by Google against company’s Aliyun operating system.

"Aliyun is in no position to protect the current and future interests of the Google OS. The two parties will face competition and even confrontation in the future," Wang told China Daily.

"Aliyun is designed to run cloud apps made for our own ecosystem. It can run some but not all Android apps."

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