Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has launched its own mobile
operating system for handsets and tablets in China, aiming at
promoting its online products.
Alibaba subsidiary Alibaba Cloud Computing unveiled its internally
developed cloud-based mobile device operating system, "Aliyun OS."
The K-Touch Cloud-Smart Phone W700, the first mobile phone powered
by the cloud OS, was also unveiled in China and will be introduced
to the Chinese market at the end of July priced at 2,680 yuan
(US$416). Alibaba partnered with Chinese handset manufacturer
Tianyu and chip maker Nvidia to build the smartphone. The K-Touch
Cloud-Smart Phone W700, and features a 3.8-inch touchscreen with a
Nvidia Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor.
AliCloud also plans to integrate the OS with other devices including
mobile phones with larger screens and tablet computers in the coming
"Mobile users want a more open and convenient mobile OS, one that
allows them to truly enjoy all that the Internet has to offer right
in the palm of their hand, and the cloud OS, with its use of
cloud-based applications, will provide that," said Wang Jian,
president of Alibaba Cloud Computing. "Introducing cloud apps to
mobile devices not only brings a whole new user experience, but also
greater ease for third-party mobile software developers who will be
reduce the complexity in the app development process."
The cloud OS will feature cloud services including e-mail, Internet
search, weather updates and mapping & GPS navigation tools. The
Aliyun OS not only can run Android apps, but it can also run
Cloud OS users can synchronize, store and back-up data such as
contact information, call logs, text messages, notes and photos to
AliCloud's remote data center, and can also access and update this
data across all their PC and mobile devices. AliCloud will provide
each cloud OS user with a total of 100 gigabytes of data storage
initially, with plans to expand according to user needs.
Third-party developers can opt to either develop cloud apps over
their own servers or choose to use AliCloud's infrastructure and
open platform services at a low cost and quickly develop their
According to latest statistics from the Chinese Ministry of Industry
and Information Technology, the number of 3G mobile users in China
now exceeds 80 million, or 9.5 percent of all mobile users
nationwide. Sales of smartphones reached 62 million in 2010 and
19.07 million handsets were sold in Q1 2011; sales of smartphones
accounted for approximately 30 percent of all mobile phone sales, up
from 19.2 percent in Q1 2010 according to research firm Analysys