Friday, July 22, 2011

Alibaba is launching a smartphone and an operating system

Chinese Alibaba Group, which specializes in online commerce, announced its entry, Friday, July 22, the smartphone market, with a model equipped with its own operating system. Alibaba is expected to unveil its first smartphone next week in Beijing, according to a spokesman for the group, Florence Shih, interviewed by Agence France-Presse.

The device will cost between 2,000 and 3,000 yuan (215 to 322 euros). An article in the Wall Street Journal (paid access), the terminal will provide an important part in the "cloud computing" or "cloud computing" and have a chat. Alibaba said its smartphones will be produced by the Chinese Beijing TianyuTelecommunications Equipment, with the American Nvidia chips.

Sales of smartphones are steadily rising in China, 19.91 million units in the first quarter 2011, up 4.8% over the last quarter of 2010, according to Analysis International, a consulting firm specializing Chinese. Alibaba Choosing to opt for a home operating system was greeted with skepticism by analysts, according to which the market is currently difficult for a new candidate to face strong competitors installed as Android, Google iOS, Apple, or Symbian, Nokia.

Alibaba's announcement is part of a broader strategy of diversification among the giants of the Chinese Web. Baidu is for example to launch its own Web browser. The group of Chinese search engine would also work since March, to develop its own operating system for mobile devices.

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