Google, Acer and the Red-Headed Stepchild

Android may not be as fully open as many FOSS fans would like it to be, but the fact remains that it’s essentially the poster child for Linux’s success in the mobile world. So it was with some dismay we looked on at the impromptu battle that sprang up recently between Google and Acer over Alibaba’s Aliyun OS. To recap, Google recently caused Acer to cancel the Chinese launch of its new CloudMobile A800 smartphone because of its disapproval of Alibaba’s operating system, which is apparently an incompatible Android fork offering pirated Android programs.



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