Alibaba Cancelled the Launch of Aliyun Phone on Google Threats09-13 17:38 Caijing
AliCloud, a subsidiary of Chinese company Alibaba Group, said Thursday that it canceled the launch of a new phone carrying the cloud-oriented Aliyun OS, a Linux-based mobile operating system developed by AliCloud, after Google threatened to dissolve partnership with one of AliCloud's partner.
"We are extremely sorry to announce the temporary cancelation of the launch of our new phone carrying AliCloud's operating system, which was scheduled this afternoon, because one of our partners was pressured directly by Google," AliCloud said in a statement on its official microblog on Weibo.
AliCloud has partnered with a domestic phone maker K-touch, and chip company Nvidia to develop the new phone based on K-touch's W700. According to AliCloud, one of its partners was informed by Google that if Google would dissolve partnership with the company if its new phone carries Aliyun operating system. It didn't specify which partner but apparently it should be K-touch.
The company also expressed over Google's decision in its statement.
Aliyun was released in Chinese markets on July 28, 2011. The first device to run the OS was the K-Touch W700. In April, Aliyun began to sell its second-generation phone Bumblebee at a price of 1,499 yuan.
It took three years for AliCloud, involving 1,600 engineers, to develop the OS. The company is challenging the dominant Android OS in China and is looking to expand into Western markets too.
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