Operating system YunOS ahead of the popularity of iOS in China

It is no secret that the world’s most popular OS is Android, but iOS holds the second place. But there are regions where the fight Google and Apple wedges local development. So, China came in second place in popularity the operating system YunOS.

Platform YunOS, a Linux-based, was developed by AliCloud, a subsidiary of Alibaba Group. Basically, the operating system intended for use in mobile devices and uses a cloud-based solution. The first version of YunOS debuted in 2011.

As some variation of Android, YunOS is built on AOSP (Android Open Source Project), and from the perspective of Google, this system is one of many “forks” of Android. In other words, AliCloud has taken Android and just changed it. In Alibaba Group deny this, stressing that their operating system uses its own virtual machine and a development environment that is compatible with the tools and some software for Android.

On the basis of Chinese YunOS are smartphones and some Chinese manufacturers, including Meizu. Analysts doubt that the OS can compete with iOS in the international market. The only thing that can help is the issue of budget smartphones.

In 2016, AliCloud has agreed with manufacturers of devices about install YunOS on 100 million phones. For the Chinese it is a response to the monopolization of the operating system of Google.

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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