Acer skips Aliyun OS on China smartphone following pressure from Google

Lee Mathews

Acer had planned to launch a customized version of its Cloud Mobile smartphone in China that ran Alibaba’s Aliyun OS. The phone is already available elsewhere running Android, but with Acer’s brass keen to expand the company’s mobile market share, shifting to Aliyun in China seemed like a good idea.

Google apparently thought otherwise. According to an Alibaba spokesperson, Acer was urged to reconsider its course of action. Google reportedly threatened to terminate “product cooperation and related technical authorization” should it proceed with the Aliyun-powered phone. Acer decided to call things off — and naturally both Acer and Google are remaining tight-lipped about why this week’s launch party has been cancelled.

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