There’s been a disturbance in the Android force, and Google has apparently snuffed out an Acer handset because it was running a Linux-based OS called Aliyun. According to multiple reports, the search company warned Acer against releasing the cheap device overseas because it conflicted with the manufacturer’s Open Handset Alliance participation. If Acer went through with it? No more Android for Acer, at least in the form we know it today.
Because Acer is in the alliance, the company is barred from producing handsets that run “non-compatible versions of Android,” Google said in a statement. Allegedly, journalists were on their way (in some cases at the venue) to an Acer event before it was suddenly canceled. Alibaba, which partnered with Acer for the endeavor, said that “Google would terminate Android product cooperation and related technical authorization with Acer” if the handset was released. What a nightmare.
Google said that it has nothing to do with keeping its partners from “participating in competing ecosystems.” Rather, it’s about the potential for OSes like Aliyun to “weaken the ecosystem.” The search giant also said, “All members of the Open Handset Alliance have committed to building one Android platform and to not ship non-compatible Android devices.”
Companies such as Amazon are able to introduce “non-compatible” versions of Android because it’s not part of the OHA. Therefore, products like the Kindle Fire are free to exist. It’s just a really strange situation, and shows that Google isn’t afraid to step in if it feels further Android fragmentation is on the line.