Global e-commerce giant Alibaba has just unveiled its new mobile device operating system – Aliyun OS. It has been developed by Alibaba Cloud Computing, a subsidiary of the Alibaba Group. It has been introduced as a cloud-based operating system, featuring cloud services including e-mail, Internet search, weather updates, mapping & GPS navigation tools.
The cloud OS provides support for web-based apps as well, offering users an Internet-like experience that do not require the user to download or install application software on their mobile devices. Cloud OS users will be able to synchronize, store and back-up data such as contact information, call logs, text messages, notes and photos to the cloud and also access & update this data across all their PC and mobile devices.
The first installations of Aliyun will run on the K-Touch Cloud Smartphone, to be launched in China soon. A tablet PC running the Aliyun OS, which is based on a customised Android system, is also expected to be launched in China by the end of the year. Handset manufacturer Tianyu will manufacture the K-Touch as well as the tablet.
It is great to see Asian tech firms finally getting seriously into the mobile and cloud computing fray. Alibaba expects to have an English-language version of the Aliyun OS ready by the end of this year. I guess we’ll have to wait till then, unless you read Chinese!