Google is getting bold, telling OEMs 'no' on other OSs
Update: Google's Andy Rubin finally responds. See after the break...
A bit of a controversy is slowly erupting over Acer’s widely publicized plan to use the Aliyun OS in a new line of low-cost smartphones, mostly destined for the Chinese market. Aliyun OS is a Linux-based system developed by the Chinese company Alibaba Group and offered a way for OEMs like Acer to diversify.
Acer has now abruptly canceled plans after Google “expressed concerns” over the announcement. Though Acer still wants to use the Aliyun OS, the move by Google is being interpreted as a hostile action to block competition. Reportedly Google threatened to cancel Acer’s license to make Android devices, which many consider playing hardball.
The question is, how far is Google willing to go to maintain dominance?