Report: Google stops Acer from launching Aliyun phone in China

Report: Google stops Acer from launching Aliyun phone in China

Summary: Acer cancels launch event in Shanghai for its new handset running on Alibaba's mobile OS at last minute on Thursday, reportedly due to pressure from Google.


Acer has been forced to delay its launch of a mobile phone running on Alibaba's mobile operating system, Aliyun OS, due to pressure from Google.

A report Thursday by Tencent Tech said the Taiwanese PC maker planned to launch the 2,999 yuan (US$473) CloudMobile A800 phone in Shanghai on Thursday. However, the event was cancelled at the last minute.

The organizers did not give a reason for the cancellation but said the launch will be delayed with no given time frame, the report said.

The tech news site later received a press statement from Aliyun at 4pm which said its partner, persumably Acer, was forced to cancel the event due to pressure from Google.

The U.S. Internet giant reportedly said it will terminate its Android-related partnership and technology licensing if "the partner" releases products running Aliyun OS.

In the statement Aliyun said it believes that Aliyun OS will provide choice for consumers and phonemakers. However, it respects its partners's decision, the report said.

Acer was supposed to be the third company to bring an Aliyun phone to the market, after K-Touch and Haier.

This week, an executive from Alibaba said the company hopes to push its Linux-based mobile OS to become the "Android of China". He added that the local OS provides a better user experience with no challenges to functionalities such as maps and e-mail.

Topics: Mobile OS, Android, Google, Smartphones, China

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  • Don't be evil?

    WTF, Google?
    Han CNX
    • You do have proof to this evil you claim,

      I did not think so...

      Don't be evil, Han
      • It would be funny if Google will be "Googled" as Apple was at the time ...

        ... Schmidt was sitting on Apple's board and preparing to release iOS multi-touch UI clone.
    • Behind the scene

      This is called the real world. It is all about power and $$$
    • False claims from you!

      Google did what international law requires trademark owner to do, to protect the brand and trademark with all costs. Otherwise you will lose your trademark.

      And Aliyun would have fragmented Android first time so Aliyun customers are forced to use AliCloud services instead being free to choose what services to use like with Android. And Aliyun is backward incompatible with Android itself, so it is vendor lock-in. And Android applications can not work correctly with Aliyun if designed with Android guidelines for platform independence.

      Simply put: Google protects every Android user out there.
      • Re: And Aliyun would have fragmented Android ...

        You mean, like Amazon has done?
  • I dunno

    Could it be that Google threw them a bone to turn it into an Android Handset and there's no real foul play at all?
  • Acer would rather prepare for Google's next step.

    Reading gestures with cameras facing users is the next big step. Touch screens will feel like Braille. Acer has far more to gain from revitalized PCs than last year's gadgets.
  • So Google Was Only Able To Act After 2 Companies Had Already Launched

    That's really going to be fatal for this new OS, isn't it?