Google wants Acer all for itself, forced to drop Alibaba

Written by Russell Co. Posted in News, Smartphones, Software and Apps

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Published on September 14, 2012 with No Comments

Google has allegedly threatened to pull the plug on Acer if Acer does not drop support for Alibaba’s new mobile OS Aliyun.

According to a report by the Dow Jones Newswires, Taiwanese-PC maker, Acer was set to unveil its new CloudMobile A800 smartphone that runs software made by Chinese Internet firm Alibaba Group called Aliyun on Thursday. Acer cancelled its press conference after Google contacted the company with concerns about the smarthphone. The phone was set to be released on Friday.

Though this release has been cancelled, an Acer representative said that “Acer will continue to communicate with Google and the company still wants to launch the new smartphone based on Alibaba software”. According to Alibaba, “Our partner was notified by Google that if the product runs Aliyun OS, Google will terminate its Android-related cooperation and other technology licensing with our partner,”.

With Android currently dominating the market, it seems they’re taking steps to keep that top spot away from its competitors.



Source: Cnet News