Apple’s(s aapl) iPhone 5 launch grabbed most people’s attention this week, and perhaps that’s a good thing: Fewer people might notice that Google is playing hardball with Acer and Alibaba, a huge Chinese e-commerce company. Acer was set to hold a joint press event with Alibaba to debut a new smartphone for the Chinese market, but the event was cancelled one day prior. The alleged reason? Google stepped in.
No details were immediately available, but on Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported further on the situation. Alibaba’s mobile platform, Aliyun, was objected to by Google because was a “non-compatible” version of Android. Acer, which is a Google Android partner, had “committed to building one Android platform and to not ship non-compatible Android devices,” according to Google; likely referring to the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) partnership.
Google reportedly also suggested that Acer would no longer be allowed to build…
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