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Earlier this evening, Nasdaq reported that Taiwanese manufacturer Acer decided to cancel a press conference scheduled for Thursday, which would have seen the announcement of Acer's CloudMobile A800.

The smartphone, which would have been unveiled in Shanghai, was set to run on Aliyun, a mobile OS developed by a Chinese Internet firm called Alibaba Group, the largest internet firm in China by transactions. Acer indicated that the press conference was canceled after Google, according to Nasdaq, "expressed concerns about the smartphone."

An anonymous official at Acer commented that "Acer will continue to communicate with Google and the company still wants to launch the new smartphone based on Alibaba software."

Alibaba chimed in on the news as well, with an unnamed representative stating that Acer 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," adding "we regret Google's action."

It's pretty clear that this story has a very intricate grapevine in front of it – no one is sure if (or why) Google issued such a warning to Acer, and the search giant has thus far declined comment on the story.

As with all such tales, we may simply be seeing quotes out of context, or from misinformed sources. Further, it isn't clear what material impact Google "terminating Android-related cooperation" would have on Acer, or why Alibaba would be the entity dispensing such information.

Of course, we'll keep you updated on the story pending Google's response. In the meantime, check out the original story below.

Source: Nasdaq

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  • Andrew

    Isn't Acer rumored to be making the next Nexus device?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ElTimablo Timothy John Keighley Robertso

      I thought it was Asus that was rumored, but I could be wrong.

      • surubutna

        I thought it was Nokia.

    • Samuel Riksfjord

      Please let it be Motorola >_<

    • Alice

      They make ugly products, hell no.

    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      I think youre thinking of the Nexus 7 and that was made by Asus. That rumor came from Asus pulling a branded "budget" tablet from CES after a discussion from Google.

      Although, with their execution of the Transformer tablets and the Padfone concept I wouldnt mind Asus being in on the next handheld.

    • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

      The next Nexus device is actually supposed to be a new release from up to possibly 5 manufacturers with 5 new Nexus devices, simultaneously... have you not heard about this?

  • Jrocker23

    Its possible it had tech or functions that google is working on for a future android o/s and maybe didnt want it reveled yet..?

  • Jake

    It probably uses tech patented by Google/Motorola. Google would gladly allow Acer to use such tech or would help defend Acer from other patent trolls with its own portfolio, but only if the phone were running Android.

  • Doan

    "heard it through the grapevine"

    Give me a reliable source, and I'll consider validity. Otherwise, it looks like baseless slander.

  • Alex Mocaby

    Here is the official store for the new OS

    http://apps.aliyun.com/index.htm

    To me, it looks like a HUGE cesspool of piracy. Of course, nobody is going to report that.

  • Al McDowall

    From what I know of the Aliyun OS, there could be two issues. The first is that it was being promoted as a new OS, with only a very small tip of the hat to Android. The OS was going to look quite different, a greater bastardisation than any of the other manufacturers' skins. This looked to be something more akin to the change made to Windows 6.5 when SPB Shell was placed on it (in terms of degree of change)

    The other issue could have been the nature of the software bundled on the phone, the degree to which users were forced to use it and its reliance on cloud based storage. Again, as far as I understood it, this was to be a phone which would require users to heavily rely on the cloud based services supplied by AliBaBa, which would allow for both financial over-charging and a weakened position in terms of security.

    In terms of advertising over here (China), this was set to look like a new platform, which it wasn't.

    • Himmat Singh

      So what about Amazon which makes a complete fork of Android?

      Edit: But yeah, if they're basically using Android (judging by the apps already available on their AppStore), then due credit has to be given to Google. But that gets messy as there is Google, the skinner Alibaba and the manufacturer Acer.

      • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

        There is no relationship. They aren't an android device developer, they are excluded from the market, etc. They just happened to use Android (which is open source) without any input from (or access to) Google's group.

      • Dasien

        The difference is that Amazon is not part of the OHA, which Google controls. Google used the threat of expulsion from OHA to force Acer to dump the phone. Acer needs to be part of the OHA for access to Android, which it uses in other handsets it sells.

  • denbo68

    Google(GOOG) is threatening OEM's if they sell hardware with another OS. Sounds like someone I know(MSFT).

    • ProductFRED

      Considering Samsung and HTC already sell WP7/WP8/Bada phones, Acer (or Alibaba) must have done something wrong dude. It's not just Google being evil like you think.

      • denbo68

        Aliyun can install and run Android APK's. Can you say "pirated apps"? You can't compare that to WP7/8.

        Also CNet and many others report that Google told Acer they "will terminate its Android-related cooperation and other technology licensing" http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57512418-94/alibaba-google-forced-acer-to-drop-our-new-mobile-os/

        While that may or may not be true, Google has refused to comment on the matter. So... what do you think that means?

        Btw I didn't say Google was evil, you did.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    Aliyun OS is cloud based where apps are drawn from the internet instead of locally. Now this OS is HUGE in China, who controls the internet in China??? THE GOVERNMENT!!! And they want to bring the OS here??

    P.S. Aliyun OS is a clone of Android, what a way to thank Android's devs by copying their OS and trying to crap on their market!