Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 16th Sep 2012 16:53 UTC
Google There's a bit of a story going on between Google, Acer, and Alibaba, a Chinese mobile operating system vendor. Acer wanted to ship a device with Alibaba's operating system, but Google asked them not to, and Acer complied. The reason is that Acer is a member of the Open Handset Alliance, which prohibits the promotion of non-standard Android implementations - exactly what Alibaba is shipping. On top of that, Alibaba's application store hosts pirated Android applications, including ones from Google.
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RE[3]: Interesting
by WorknMan on Mon 17th Sep 2012 01:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
WorknMan
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2. Microsoft used to do the same to their OEM's if they tried to sell any other OS.


I think in order for this to compare directly, a Linux vendor would have to ship Linux with a version of Wine on top, and an app store that had pirated Windows apps in it.

I can appreciate what Google is doing here; it's a hybrid approach between '100% open' and the iOS walled garden. If they didn't exercise some sort of control, you'd have the phone equivalent of Linux on the desktop, and we all know how successful that was ;)

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