Google stops Acer smartphone launch because of incompatible OS

By on September 17, 2012, 1:00 PM

Acer was prepared to launch a new smartphone earlier today running a modified version of Android known as Aliyun but before anything could materialize, Google stepped in and pulled the plug on those plans. The search giant issued a statement outlining why they elected to stop the launch – perhaps the first time a member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) has been met with similar adversity.

Google said that compatibility is the heart of the Android ecosystem and that non-compatible versions of their OS like Aliyun would weaken that ecosystem. They point out that all members of the OHA have committed to building one Android platform. That agreement, however, doesn’t prevent manufacturers from participating in competing ecosystems.

But what about others like Amazon that have created their own version of Android to use on Kindle Fire tablets? It’s simple – Amazon isn’t a member of the OHA and therefore isn’t required to abide by those same restrictions.

The Aliyun OS was developed as a cloud-based operating system by Chinese company Alibaba Group and was first released in July 2011. When it launched, the company pointed out that the OS was fully compatible with Android-based applications but now they are saying it isn’t part of Google’s mobile ecosystem and therefore doesn’t have to be compatible with Android.

Andy Rubin might disagree, however, as a recent Google+ posting says the OS incorporates the Android runtime and was apparently derived from Android. Either way, it must be terribly embarrassing for Acer to cancel a media event with members of the press already enroute.




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TJGeezer said:

What happened - did Acer forget to take Google to the prom? It sure looks like Google has it in for Acer, the two-timing jerk who went out with Aliyun and then forgot their prom date. Too bad - Google and Acer were such a cute couple of huge corporations...

1 person liked this | Guest said:

The OS is using an Virtual box to run Android app, which rarely work, and also has it's own market which pirates Apps from Google play and Amazon app store

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Guest said:

Yeah, right! Sorry everyone, we don't need another competitor to share a bite on the pie..

Guest said:

^yes because the market needs another "competitor" thats just using a forked android OS with pirated Google play apps.

I can completely agree with Googles reasoning for sticking it to one of their partners like Acer, when Acer is trying to get more cuts of the pie using a OS clone like Aliyun that pirates apps from the full fledged android.

God forbid any one other than Apple being able to say how the source code/OS fork for their OS should be used.

Camikazi said:

Yeah, right! Sorry everyone, we don't need another competitor to share a bite on the pie..

Nope has nothing to do with that, Aliyun is an Android rip off running pirated Android Apps and that goes directly against what the OHA is there to stop. Before I thought they just forked Android and were trying to sell it that way, which is fine for a non OHA member, but it seems Aliyun is worse than that and is directly pirating and distributing those apps in their app store. That should be stopped, no giant company (Alibaba) should be allowed to do this.

TJGeezer said:

The OS is using an Virtual box to run Android app, which rarely work, and also has it's own market which pirates Apps from Google play and Amazon app store

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Good link - thanks. And a convincing case. Competition is one thing, raiding the ecosystem of another company quite another.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Alibaba operates in the People's Republic of Copies, Cheats and Cons. Acer were very foolish to trust a PRC company.

dennis777 dennis777 said:

The OS is using an Virtual box to run Android app, which rarely work, and also has it's own market which pirates Apps from Google play and Amazon app store

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Good link - thanks. And a convincing case. Competition is one thing, raiding the ecosystem of another company quite another.

Now I understand... nice link

If that was apple.. they would sue immediately

JimmyJammy JimmyJammy said:

The OS is using an Virtual box to run Android app, which rarely work, and also has it's own market which pirates Apps from Google play and Amazon app store

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Thank for ino that help a lot to see why google but BAN hammer on this .. !!!! .. after all google not bully as we think at 1st place ..

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