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: big mistake
by EvilMonkeySlayer on Mon 17th Sep 2012 08:27 UTC in reply to "big mistake"
EvilMonkeySlayer
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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

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RE[3]: big mistake
by EvilMonkeySlayer on Mon 17th Sep 2012 13:02 in reply to "RE[2]: big mistake"
EvilMonkeySlayer Member since:
2010-04-08

Pretty sure a lot of those are all source code ports of Android. Which is allowed by the license.

In other words, forks.

So, let me get this right. Rather than believing Google outright say this thing is a fork of Android and the fact they've (aliyun) put up pirated apps on their own app store.

Plus, also Acer would be breaking their OHA agreement.

You instead believe a post on an osnews forum that it is "Linux + HTML5" instead? Oh, and that they did a clean room reverse engineering of Android whilst they're at it? (of a very complex and large number of api's.. allowing them to run Google Android Apps flawlessly?)

Do you realise how utterly ridiculous that sounds?

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