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Alibaba Group releases own mobile OS, calls it Aliyun OS

Now that the whole hoo-ha over mobile operating systems has more or less subsided with the likes of iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, Symbian, BlackBerry OS and webOS each carving out their own respective slices of the smartphone pie, you'd think that there is no more room for an additional smartphone OS, right? Well, not if a Chinese e-commerce company by the name of Alibaba Group has got anything to say about it, having just announced the release of its own Aliyun operating system for Chinese smartphones and tablets.

Now that the market for mobile operating system has reached bursting point with the likes of iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, Symbian, BlackBerry OS and more recently, webOS all competing for a slice of the lucrative mobile OS pie, you'd think that there is no more room left for any newer operating systems to compete, right? Well, apparently not, especially where China is concerned. Apparently, the world's largest online business-to-business trading platform for small businesses has decided that users could definitly benefit with the introduction of yet another new mobile operating system which it calls the Aliyun OS.

According to Alibaba Group, the company aims to use Aliyun OS to "promote its online products in its home country", especially in the wake of Android and Apple’s iOS devices rapidly gaining popularity in China. In addition, word has it that the first phone to utilize the Aliyun OS will be made by Beijing Tianyu Communication Equipment Co and will be sold for 2,680 yuan (US$416), while Alibaba Group is said to be currently in discussions with other smartphone OEMs about the possibility of having the Aliyun OS preloaded on their phones.

So what is the main appeal of Alibaba Group's Aliyun OS? Well, not much information about the operating system has been revealed at this point of time, although it is known that Alibaba Group is clearly seeking to ride on the Android wave, considering how the Aliyun OS is reportedly compatible with Android apps. In addition, it has been claimed that the Aliyun OS, being a cloud-based OS at its heart, will boast support for online apps that are built with either Javascript and HTML5. On the development side, the company has claimed that 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 businesses".

Last but definitely not least, Alibaba Group has claimed that users of the Aliyun OS will also get to enjoy 100 GB of virtual data storage for their own personal needs.

Source: TechKnowBits

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