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[10]: Interesting
by Windows Sucks on Mon 17th Sep 2012 13:50 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: Interesting"
Windows Sucks
Member since:
2005-11-10

The Android runtime shipped with BB10 is not Android but a compatibility layer like Wine is for win32. In fact dex do not run on BB10 but you need to repackage nust like you can run some jar's on Android but need to repackage to dex.

That, compatibibility layers, is another story. Even Microsoft does not try to prevent e.g. Linux-Distributions or OSX to offer compatibility with Wine, Samba, etc.

The point is more that if you are going to offer a forked Android (and to get this right: all Androids are forks cause they are taken+extended with own stuff and noone ships an Android vanilla) AND if you are member in the OHA and agreed to the compatibility goal then you need to make sure your fork is compatible.

It just does not matter how much extra-things you put in your fork, how much you changed as long as certain criterias are fullfit. Two of them Aliyun failed:

1. Pass the Android compatibility test-suite.
2. Open the sources of your endproduct so all extensions, modifications, drivers are available to all others just like the Android Vanilla (and all the forks of other OHA mabufactors) are too.


All that is assuming Aliyun OS is built on Android. They claim it isn't and just has an Android run time.

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RE[11]: Interesting
by cdude on Mon 17th Sep 2012 19:57 in reply to "RE[10]: Interesting"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

First only they can proof.

Second if they do, and that is really nit difficult, then they would win huge. If they don't we know its not the truth.

Theird you can be sure that becore google went down that road they did, maybe in a non-legal way, check the product to have facts rather then being proven to ve evil, do a bad research becorehand and abuse there stand and the OHA for there private interest rather then what it was made for. Its fair to assume google k.ows what they talk about since they have lot more to lose then anybody else when proven wrong. Its fair to assume that if Alibaba does not give us the proof soon then google just nailed it.

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