Yesterday, Acer was supposed to introduce a new smartphone in Shanghai. The handset, called Acer CloudMobile A800, runs Aliyun OS, a mobile platform developed by China’s Alibaba Group as an alternative to Android.
In the end, Acer canceled the unveiling of the Aliyun-based CloudMobile. According to Alibaba, the Taiwanese handset maker was pressured by Google to drop the Aliyun smartphone.
Reuters has it that Acer “received notification from Google that if the new product launch with Aliyun went ahead, Google would terminate Android product cooperation and related technical authorization” with the company.
Acer didn’t confirm that it cancelled the A800 because of Google, only stating the following:
“Regarding the abrupt cancellation of yesterday’s press conference with Alibaba in China, Acer expresses deep regret and sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience caused to our media friends. Acer will continue working with its strategic partners in China to create improved product and service offerings, and looks forward to sharing the results of our win-win developments in the near future.”
In May 2012, there were more than 1 million Aliyun smartphones sold in China. Aliyun (pictured above on a Haier-made handset) is based on Linux, and was developed in about three years, from 2008 to 2011.
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