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[6]: Wait a minute
by swift11 on Mon 17th Sep 2012 10:20 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Wait a minute"
swift11
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2012-08-23

Quite frankly, personal views of Google, Oracle nor the rest of IT aside, it's bloody refreshing to see these conflicts resolved out of court and in a mature way.

This is a public humiliation of Acer, the worst offence in Chinese culture. Acer could have cancelled this phone a few weeks later without anyone noticing it. Google are shooting themselves in the foot. Google is a Big Brother, but China is a Giant Brother.

Edited 2012-09-17 10:33 UTC

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RE[7]: Wait a minute
by cdude on Mon 17th Sep 2012 11:47 in reply to "RE[6]: Wait a minute"
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2008-09-21

It wasn't google who made that story public.

What you have to understand about chinese culture of losing face in a global company is that its always 100% business related. Here Acer could only lose, either OHA or Aliyun. But that the story became public is even a more worse lose for Acer. Its a disaster to handle that situation from a chinese business perspective by bringing it into the public. Its like giving up, not having the stand and control to handle such a situation in the best interest of the company. That shows Acer is driven by less chinese business culture. Just a very poor western babarian business style to drag your weakness, your loses into the public.

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RE[8]: Wait a minute
by jared_wilkes on Mon 17th Sep 2012 11:57 in reply to "RE[7]: Wait a minute"
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2011-04-25

The story was made public by Alibaba.

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RE[8]: Wait a minute
by chithanh on Mon 17th Sep 2012 17:22 in reply to "RE[7]: Wait a minute"
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2006-06-18

It wasn't google who made that story public. [...]
That shows Acer is driven by less chinese business culture. Just a very poor western babarian business style to drag your weakness, your loses into the public.

It wasn't Acer who made the story public either. It was Alibaba who went to the press, forcing Google to react. I don't see Acer complaining loudly anywhere.

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RE[8]: Wait a minute
by earksiinni on Tue 18th Sep 2012 18:59 in reply to "RE[7]: Wait a minute"
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