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Google accuses Alibaba of ‘using Android framework, tools’

London, Sept 18 (ANI): Google’s mobile division head has criticised a rival Chinese firm, Alibaba, for pirating apps and violating rules to discourage incompatible versions of the Android operating system.

Andy Rubin, Google’s senior vice president for mobile and digital content, targetted Alibaba after the latter had accused Google of blocking the launch of a smartphone powered by its operating system.

Alibaba claimed that Google blocked an event where Acer, the Taiwanese manufacturer, invited journalists to demonstrate a new smartphone using its Aliyun software.

According to the Telegraph, in a blog post addressed to John Spelich, an Alibaba executive who complained publicly about Google’s action, Rubin said Aliyun would have created an incompatible operating system based on Android.

“The fact is, Aliyun uses the Android runtime, framework and tools,” he said.

“And your app store contains Android apps (including pirated Google apps),” Rubin continued.

“So there’s really no disputing that Aliyun is based on the Android platform and takes advantage of all the hard work that’s gone into that platform by the OHA,” he added. (ANI)