Recently several big tech companies have expressed interest in launching their own mobile operating systems, mostly based on open source code and Android. Alibaba china major eCommerce site have even taken steps further in actually launching it’s own OS ” Aliyun“.
All was good, till a major handset maker (Acer) agreed with Alibaba to launch a mobile phone (CloudMobile A800) operated by this Android mutation, and then all hell broke loose!
In a released statement, Google said the following of Aliyun, which already operates on 2 devices in China:
Compatibility is at the heart of the Android ecosystem and ensures a consistent experience for developers, manufacturers and consumers. Non-compatible versions of Android, like Aliyun, weaken the ecosystem. All members of the Open Handset Alliance have committed to building one Android platform and to not ship non-compatible Android devices. This does not however, keep OHA members from participating in competing ecosystems.
This statement blocks all the mobile handset makers from even thinking of working with any other Company that have an independent OS based on Android! Indeed Google sees Aliyum an incomplete version of Android (while Android is a Linux-based operating system).
Google’s Andy Rubin blog post reads:
We were surprised to read Alibaba Group’s chief strategy officer Zeng Ming’s quote “We want to be the Android of China” when in fact the Aliyun OS incorporates the Android runtime and was apparently derived from Android.
Based on our analysis of the apps available at http://apps.aliyun.com, the platform tries to, but does not succeed in being compatible.
It’s easy to be Android compatible, the OHA supplies all the tools and details on how to do it.
Alibaba’s sees it’s OS in another way:
Aliyun OS is not part of the Android ecosystem so of course Aliyun OS is not and does not have to be compatible with Android. It is ironic that a company that talks freely about openness is espousing a closed ecosystem.
This is like saying that because they own the Googleplex in Mountain View, therefore anyone who builds in Mountain View is part of the Googleplex. Will someone please ask Google to define Android.
so the questioned is out, Please define Android!