Alibaba Group, Chinese e-commerce firm has began efforts to push its mobile phone operating system to device manufactures after it was blocked by Google seven months ago on a planned launch on Acer smartphones
The firm’s officials are enlisting device manufacturers, telecom carriers and software developers to help create an “ecosystem” for the Aliyun (Ali Cloud) OS or simply the Alibaba Mobile Operating System (AMOS).
So far five additional handset makers were launching Alibaba OS phones. A channel on Taobao will help handset makers sell directly to consumers and bypass traditional brick-and-mortar as long as they sell Alibaba OS phones.
Alibaba will subsidize handset makers by paying them an ongoing fee of RMB 1 a month for every AMOS-equipped phone they sell.
Software developers who build cloud-based AMOS applications will get funding via a RMB-$1-billion program. It will also work with smartphone makers and telecom operators to sign up consumers to buy phones on credit through an Alibaba subsidiary AliFinance that offers microloans to small online retailers based on their activities on Alibaba e-commerce platforms.
Jonathan Lu, president of the Alibaba Mobile business unit who is set to replace ack Ma as CEO May 10 said Alibaba has “an open attitude” and “welcomes cooperation with all types of partners to together create a healthy ecosystem” for the mobile Internet.
The firm confirmed five Chinese smartphone makers—KONKA, ZOPO, Amoi, G’Five, and Little Pepper—will be launching six new phones running on Alibaba OS.