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[2]: Interesting
by Windows Sucks on Sun 16th Sep 2012 21:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Interesting"
Windows Sucks
Member since:
2005-11-10

In what way does Google sound like Oracle and Microsoft? Why does it make you giggle?


1. Oracle sued saying Google forked Java and making an incompatible version. Now Google is saying the same about this Chineese company.

2. Microsoft used to do the same to their OEM's if they tried to sell any other OS.

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RE[3]: Interesting
by saso on Sun 16th Sep 2012 21:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
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2007-04-18

1. Oracle sued saying Google forked Java and making an incompatible version. Now Google is saying the same about this Chineese company.

Google didn't sue Acer. They merely reminded them of their contractual obligations that come as part of being a member of the Open Handset Alliance. If Acer persisted, they'd have been kicked out of the OHA.

2. Microsoft used to do the same to their OEM's if they tried to sell any other OS.

Microsoft never sued any of their OEMs because of what you say either.

Edited 2012-09-16 21:49 UTC

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RE[4]: Interesting
by Windows Sucks on Sun 16th Sep 2012 21:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Interesting"
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

No duh we know they didn't sue (Yet) but originally Sun didn't sue ether.

And no Microsoft didn't sue they just threated companies as in this situation by saying they would not be able to sell Windows or the price for Windows would go way up for those OEMs.

This rule would only apply IF this is a fork of Android which the company said it isn't. Just the same as Google says their implementation of Java is not a fork of Oracles Java.

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RE[3]: Interesting
by WorknMan on Mon 17th Sep 2012 01:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
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2005-11-13

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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