Alibaba is particularly known for their eCommerce business, has now developed very ambitious project, Aliyun, a mobile phone operating system. Current cell phone OS market is dominated by Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS, Nokia’s Symbian. Alibaba has to fight against these big brands and raise their offerings to get noticed.
Aliyun’s interface will be cloud centric. The software will offer cloud-based services, unlike current popular operating systems such as Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, which requires users to download apps. The cloud services include email, weather updates, and GPS navigation tools. Users can seamlessly synchronise, store, and backup data such as contact information, call logs, text messages, notes, and photos to AliCloud‘s remote data center.
The stored data can then be accessed across all supported PC and mobile devices. Interestingly, online storage service promises to provide 100 GB of data storage absolutely free! What’s more, the OS is reported to run Android apps through an application layer.
Alibaba has also launched the K-Touch W700, which is the first phone to run on the Aliyun. The device costs 2,680 yuan (approx $411), and is expected to hit the Chinese market within a week.