Subscribe / Unsubscribe Enewsletters | Login | Register

Pencil Banner

Alibaba's Aliyun OS to carry on without changes despite feud with Google

Michael Kan | Sept. 18, 2012
Despite a dispute with Google over its Aliyun OS, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group said on Monday it had no plans to make the mobile operating system compatible with the Android ecosystem.

Furthermore, the Aliyun OS uses virtual machine and runtime environment software different from Android, and was also designed to run Aliyun's own Web-based apps, he added.

Andy Rubin, head of Google's Android development team, however, views the matter differently and rebutted claims of the operating system's independence from Android this past weekend. In a Google+ post on Sunday, Rubin wrote that the Aliyun OS uses the Android runtime environment, framework and tools in its coding.

"So if you want to benefit from the Android ecosystem, then make the choice to be compatible," Rubin wrote in his posting, which was addressed to Alibaba's Spelich. "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."

Android currently dominates the Chinese smartphone market, with an 81 percent share in the second quarter, according to research firm Canalys.

Mark Natkin, managing director for Beijing-based Marbridge Consulting, said the dispute highlights how Google is still actively searching for opportunities in China's mobile Internet space, despite shutting down its search engine for the country in 2010.

"Google certainly wants whatever applications it can get on the phones in the China market," he said. "And in that respect, Aliyun is competing with it for whatever opportunity it has left there."

 

Previous Page  1  2 

Sign up for Computerworld eNewsletters.