In what seams a Chinese interest in running the software not only producing the hardware, and just days after we reported about the Baidu Android browser, China’s largest e-commerce company Alibaba Group, is setting an objective to take on Android, or at least in China.
Alibaba unveiled Aliyun mobile O.S. in July 2011. After 3 years of development that involved more than 1,600 engineers.
Alibaba Chief Strategy Officer Zeng Ming said “Android faces challenges in China because Google‘s search, Google Maps and Gmail functions are unavailable or limited in the country”. This strips Android of it’s advantages compared to any other system!
Aliyun comes with its own mapping and email applications and runs Web-based apps stored on remote servers, unlike Google’s Android or Apple‘s iOS, that require the apps to be installed on the mobile device .
The head of the handset business at ZTE Corp., the 5th largest smartphone vendor in China said that he expects Android to remain dominant because time is needed to develop apps for the new Aliyun system . “Nobody can challenge Android for the time being,” Mr. Luo Zhongsheng said.
According to IDC, 68.1% of smartphones shipped world-wide in the second quarter used Android, while 16.9% were Apple products running on iOS. Windows Phone accounted for only 3.5%.