Acer and Alibaba’s cloud computing unit had planned to launch the
Acer CloudMobile A800 smartphone, using Alibaba’s mobile operating
system, Aliyun, in Shanghai on Thursday afternoon. But when
journalists showed up for the event they were not allowed to enter
the venue and an Alibaba Cloud Computing official said the launch
had been canceled due to internal reasons.
Later, Alibaba’s unit released a statement saying Acer had faced
pressure from Google and pulled out of the launch event.
“Our partner 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 Acer,” Alibaba Cloud Computing said in a statement.
Open always wins. Don’t be evil.