Apple may be gunning for dominance within the enormous and highly lucrative mobile phone population in China, but if Alibaba Group has its druthers, Apple and Google may see their respective mobile operating systems face some stiff competition from the supposedly in-development cloud-based mobile OS designed by the Chinese e-commerce giant.
If reports coming out of China and reported by the Wall Street Journal this morning are accurate, Alibaba Group's very own smartphone operating system could debut before the end of 2011. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the aforementioned mobile OS will make it possible for consumers to skirt the app download process. Instead, users can access their applications via remote storage.
Details weren't available on the pricing of the operating system and its apps, or on which handset makers will use the software. But the person said smartphone usage in China could broaden if Alibaba achieves its goals with the project.
Although Alibaba Group is best known for operating online-commerce websites, it's important to keep in mind that Apple wasn't exactly known for it's mobile phones before 2007.
Naturally, at this time, little is known about the mobile OS being developed by Alibaba. Still, there is no reason to believe that the offering will ultimately be contained to China or even Asia. The first version will heavily target the Chinese market, but there is "nothing that prevents it from being used elsewhere eventually," sources tell the WSJ.