After a couple of days of silence from Google over the last-minute cancellation of Taiwanese PC maker Acer’s launch of its new phone in China during a Shanghai event — and that resulted in a heated exchange between Alibaba — the Chinese web and eCommerce company and Google.
Because, “the phone dubbed Acer CloudMobileA800 was running the Aliyun OS, a mobile platform created by Alibaba.”
Google finally released a statement to the WSJ, stating, that the Aliyun is a “non-compatible” version of Android,
Google said it objected to the Acer device because Aliyun was a “non-compatible” version of Android, meaning that Alibaba allegedly created Aliyun by taking Google’s Android software and making changes …[Acer has] committed to building one Android platform and to not ship non-compatible Android devices. […] 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.
To counter, this statement, and in reaction, Alibaba’s VP of international corporate affairs, John Spelich, said, “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.”
John expanded on the ecosystem theme stated, “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.
John further said, “Will someone please ask Google to define Android?”
Andy Rubin, Android head has weighed in directly on his Google+ page saying “he/Google were very surprised by Alibaba’s CSO Zeng Ming quote that Aliyun “wants to be the Android of China,” especially when, Rubin says, the “Aliyun OS incorporates the Android runtime and was apparently derived from Android”.”
“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,” Rubin stated on his G+ page.
Google seems forgotten late Steve Jobs remarks “Android is rip off iOS.”
Rubin on official Android blog posted, “While Android remains free for anyone to use as they would like, only Android compatible devices benefit from the full Android ecosystem. By joining the Open Handset Alliance, each member contributes to and builds one Android platform — not a bunch of incompatible versions.”
“We’re grateful to the over 85 Open Handset Alliance members who have helped us build the Android ecosystem and continue to drive innovation at an incredible pace. Thanks to their support the Android ecosystem now has over 500 million Android-compatible devices and counting.”