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: Interesting
by robojerk on Sun 16th Sep 2012 18:35 UTC in reply to "Interesting"
robojerk
Member since:
2006-01-10

allthingsd is definitely biased for Apple, and against Google..

Acer is part of the OHA so they either need to follow the rules or leave. If Alibaba didn't host pirated apps I might have agreed that this resembles like Google being mean to other OS's, but since this seems like an OS trying to be compatible with Android, with pirated apps I loose sympathy quick.

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RE[2]: Interesting
by Elv13 on Sun 16th Sep 2012 19:39 in reply to "RE: Interesting"
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2006-06-12

It is like Microsoft asking Dell not to sell Linux PCs because Wine is available in the repository and allow installing pirated apps.

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RE[3]: Interesting
by WereCatf on Sun 16th Sep 2012 19:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

It is like Microsoft asking Dell not to sell Linux PCs because Wine is available in the repository and allow installing pirated apps.


Not really. It would be the same if there were pirated apps in the repository itself.

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RE[3]: Interesting
by Beta on Mon 17th Sep 2012 09:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
Beta Member since:
2005-07-06

It is like Microsoft asking Dell not to sell Linux PCs because Wine is available in the repository
… snipped early to keep an apple to pears parallel to the topic.

Wine is not written by Microsoft so there would be no copyright infringement.

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RE[2]: Interesting
by Windows Sucks on Sun 16th Sep 2012 21:40 in reply to "RE: Interesting"
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2005-11-10

? But pirated Apps are not the reason Google is using. Google is saying that you can't use a non compatible Android fork. The Chineese company is saying its not a fork. It's Linux with an Android compatible runtime.

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RE[3]: Interesting
by saso on Sun 16th Sep 2012 23:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
saso Member since:
2007-04-18

Google is saying that you can't use a non compatible Android fork. The Chineese company is saying its not a fork. It's Linux with an Android compatible runtime.

Except that the statement that it's not a fork is, for all we know, false. Google's Android chief Andy Rubin is quoted as stating this:
the Aliyun OS incorporates the Android runtime and was apparently derived from Android

Apparently they didn't re-implement a new VM, libs and tooling like Google did with Java. Instead they simply lifted portions of the Android OS wholesale. This would make Aliyun clearly a derivative work of Android and therefore a fork.

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