/// Google and Alibaba Continue Warring Over Acer Phone

September 16, 2012  |  All Things Digital


Google and Alibaba are none too happy with each other this weekend after last week’s launch event in Shanghai for a new smartphone with Acer hardware and Alibaba software was postponed . Google says that Alibaba’s Aliyun operating system is built on top of Android but is not compatible with Android, so Acer shouldn’t get to benefit from being part of the Android Open Handset Alliance. Alibaba says Aliyun is not an Android fork nor is it part of the Android ecosystem. Acer is basically staying quiet. After John Spelich, Alibaba’s VP of international corporate affairs, gave multiple comments about the irony of Android’s closed approach to openness , Android head Andy Rubin fought back on Saturday with an official blog post and personal Google+ post . Of those, the Google+ post was spicier, so here it is: Hey John Spelich — We agree that the Aliyun OS is not part of the Android ecosystem and you’re under no requirement to be compatible. However, the fact is, Aliyun uses the Android runtime, framework and tools. And your app store contains Android apps (including pirated Google apps). So there’s really no disputing that Aliyun is based on the Android platform and takes advantage of all the hard work that’s gone into that platform by the OHA. So if you want to benefit from the Android ecosystem, then make the choice to be compatible. Its easy, free, and we’ll even help you out. But if you don’t want to be compatible, then don’t expect help from OHA members that are all working to support and build a unified Android ecosystem. And here are Spelich’s comments, sent via email: Aliyun is built on open source Linux.

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