Alibaba launches cloud-based mobile operating system

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Beijing, Jul 28: China's Hangzhou-based family of Internet-based businesses, Alibaba Group, has announced the launch of self-developed mobile operating system and smartphone.

Alibaba's new operating system dubbed as Aliyun will offers cloud services such as email, Internet search and support for web-based applications. With this new OS, users will not have to download or install applications onto their mobile devices.

Alibaba Group, which owns - one of the world"s largest online business-to-business trading platform for small businesses - also announced the launch of a new smartphone called K-Touch Cloud Smartphone that runs on new Aliyun OS.

"Mobile users want a more open and convenient mobile OS, one that allows them to truly enjoy all that the Internet has to offer right in the palm of their hand, and the cloud OS, with its use of cloud-based applications, will provide that," said Wang Jian, president of Alibaba Cloud Computing.

Alibaba said that they are planning to integrate the new OS with more mobiles and tablets. The announcement of the new OS came just few days after the Firefox web browser maker Mozilla announced their plan to launch new web-based operating system known as Boot to Gecko.

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