Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce group, is set to launch itself as a rival to Google and Apple in the mobile operating system market.
Last July Alibaba Cloud Computing, a unit of Alibaba, launched a smartphone running its new mobile Aliyun OS (see below). It is now planning to launch an English version of the OS and is in talks with manufacturers to launch a range of handsets on the market.
President of Alibaba Cloud Computing Wang Jian said that within two months the company would launch a tablet based on the proprietary Linux-based OS.
"Eventually all our services will be delivered on mobile. People will spend less time in front of their computer screens and more time in front of their smartphones," Wang said.
Wang declined to name the manufacturers it was speaking to in relation to either smartphones or tablet, but said that they had approached Alibaba and not the other way around.
Only last week we reported on Dell teaming up with Chinese search giant Baidu to also produce tablets and smartphones – though for the Chinese market rather than the English-speaking market.
The Chinese invasion is also evident int he hardware sector. Chinese hardware companies, who until now have been relatively unknown in this part of the work, such as ZTE and Huawei, are making their mark by launching own-branded handsets rather than providing white-label devices for carriers as they previously did.