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]: Wait a minute
by chithanh on Sun 16th Sep 2012 22:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wait a minute"
chithanh
Member since:
2006-06-18

Google is using their Android OHA membership as a tool to add a barrier to entry to a competitor's OS based on an Open Source Project.

Google is totally cool with competitors offering Windows Phone, iOS, Tizen, Firefox OS, MeeGo, WebOS, BB10 or whatever open source or proprietary operating systems alongside Android.

But if you want to offer an incompatible competing OS based on Android code, they will not let you be part of the club that has early access to said code.

While I would have preferred that Google competes on merit and educating consumers about such practices, their actions are totally understandable.

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RE[4]: Wait a minute
by jared_wilkes on Mon 17th Sep 2012 10:53 in reply to "RE[3]: Wait a minute"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

You should inform Google that they should be kicking out at least 3 OHA members this week then.

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RE[5]: Wait a minute
by cdude on Mon 17th Sep 2012 11:13 in reply to "RE[4]: Wait a minute"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

Can't do yourself? Fear the answer google would give you: who and why?

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RE[4]: Wait a minute
by Andre on Mon 17th Sep 2012 14:20 in reply to "RE[3]: Wait a minute"
Andre Member since:
2005-07-06

Doesn't BB10 include an Android compatibility layer? I wonder if Google is going to complain about that as well?

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RE[5]: Wait a minute
by chithanh on Mon 17th Sep 2012 17:18 in reply to "RE[4]: Wait a minute"
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

BlackBerry is not member of the Open Handset Alliance, so they are free to do what they want with the Android code.

Also, I expect that their app store contains no pirated apps.

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