Google Strongarms Acer Into Canceling China Smartphone Launch
Apparently, when the press arrived at the scheduled launch, they were told by Alibaba employees that the event was cancelled. Alibaba Cloud Computing later said in a statement that Acer backed out at the last minute after being pressured by Google. Google, it seems, threatened to “terminate Android product cooperation and related technical authorization with Acer”.
Acer CloudMobile A800 running Android
Acer had opted for the cloud-based Aliyun OS over Android in the CloudMobile A800 and was expected to continue to explore using the Chinese mobile operating system on other devices, as well. China is a huge developing market so it’s not surprising that Google would be nervous to see its hardware partners flirting with a different mobile platform, but delivering an ultimatum to block competition is hardly good form.
Aliyun OS Launch, July 2011
Google may have its own side of the story to tell, but thus far the company has not commented on the situation.