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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big mistake
by swift11 on Mon 17th Sep 2012 05:41 UTC
swift11
Member since:
2012-08-23

Google made a typical Big Brother mistake:
* Nationalistic tensions are running high in China (island dispute with Japan)
* Acer could use a subsidiary to launch this phone;
* All OEMs will study this case;
* Excellent publicity for the Aliyun OS, which is Linux + HTML5 btw;
* worst-case scenario: Android/Google could even be banned from China.
* the "stop piracy in China" argument is laughable, at best.

Edited 2012-09-17 05:53 UTC

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RE: big mistake
by EvilMonkeySlayer on Mon 17th Sep 2012 08:27 in reply to "big mistake"
EvilMonkeySlayer Member since:
2010-04-08

Yes, it is a fork of Android. Not just "Linux + HTML5".

See this: http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/09/15/aliyun-app-store-confirmed-...

If it wasn't a fork of Android then how the heck can it run Android apps? Also, it's hosting a load of pirated apps, Googles included. (which I doubt they're non too happy about)

Edited 2012-09-17 08:28 UTC

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RE[2]: big mistake
by jared_wilkes on Mon 17th Sep 2012 10:56 in reply to "RE: big mistake"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

You do understand that Android apps can run on BB, Windows, Mac, and iOS, don't you, because of reversed-engineered VM emulators? Are these OSes obviously based on Android too?

Edited 2012-09-17 10:57 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2