There is a very few number of people know about the YunOS, Yes, it is a mobile operating system which is also known as Aliyun OS and it is a Linux distribution designed for the smartphones based on the Android Open Source Project.
The YunOS (Aliyun OS) is actually is developed by the AliCloud, a subsidiary of Chinese company Alibaba Group and currently it is on the route to corner a 14 percent share of the smartphone shipments in the mainland China by the end of this year 2016.
The analysts have made reports regarding the OS and according to them by the end of this year 2016, the Alibaba group’s YunOS which is also known as Aliyun OS will simply take down the Apple iOS and will become the second-largest active mobile operating system in China. But, the Alibaba’s previous claims states that the YunOS has already surpassed Apple iOS.
A senior analyst said that “Despite the strong strides made by the Alibaba platform, Bernstein senior analyst Mark Li told the South China Morning Post that growth prospects for YunOS outside of its home market would likely be limited to cheap or subsidized smartphones”.
The research firm Strategy Analytics states that Alibaba-backed Meizu, XiaoLaJiao and Doov are the top YunOS smartphone suppliers. But, last month, at the conference of Alibaba’s cloud computing, the director of YunOS, Aiden Yong said that “YunOS aims to become the “go-to operating system” for China’s smartphone industry”.
Currently, the YunOS is active or installed in 14% of the devices used in China which is up to 100 million units per year echoing the earlier projection made by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.
Earlier, the tech giant Google symbolized the Chinese YunOS as an Android fork and not only that the tech giant Google also allegedly forced the Taiwanese multinational hardware and electronics corporation Acer simply to pull the plug on its YunOS-powered Android smartphone. As the Google said that the Taiwanese multinational hardware and electronics corporation Acer could not work with an Android fork due to its membership in Open Handset Alliance.
But, the YunOS executives have also stressed that the YunOS is not an “Android fork”, as it is developed using the open source Linux software. Hence, YunOS claims that its runtime environment consists of its own made Java VM and cloud app engine, which supports HTML5 web apps. But, on the other hand, it also doesn’t try to deny that it actually borrowed few open source Android applications and tools which simply allow its users to enjoy the third party applications.