acer cloudmobilea800 Acer cancels Alibaba smartphone due to Google threat

Acer has cancelled the launch of a new smartphone with Alibaba in China after Google allegedly threatened to pull Android authorisation from the Taiwanese laptop maker.

Acer has cancelled the launch of a new smartphone with Alibaba in China after Google allegedly threatened to pull Android authorisation from the Taiwanese laptop maker.

 
Acer and Alibaba Cloud Computing, a division of the Alibaba Group, were scheduled to launch the Acer CloudMobile A800 today, powered by Alibaba's Aliyun operating system, but the event was cancelled at the last minute, with Alibaba initially faulting “internal” reasons, but later putting the blame on Google.
 
“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 said in a statement, according to Reuters.
 
acer cloudmobilea800 Acer cancels Alibaba smartphone due to Google threat
 
Google has refused to comment on the matter, but an anonymous Acer official cited by the Wall Street Journal revealed that the issue is with the Aliyun mobile platform, which would compete with Android.
 
Given Android's popularity, Acer cannot afford to risk not being able to release Android devices, but the threat from Google severely limits potential deals with many rival companies. It could also result in legal battles with Google on the grounds of anti-competitive practises.
 
The Acer official said the company is still hoping to use Aliyun and is working with Google to resolve the difficulties.