Netease Tech, 7/29/11
On July 28, Alibaba Cloud Computing ("AliCloud"), the cloud computing subsidiary of Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba Group, officially released its cloud mobile OS, Aliyun OS, and Beijing-based handset maker Tianyu Communication Equipment released the first AliCloud handset, the K-Touch W700, priced at RMB 2,680. Tianyu chairwoman Rong Xiuli said that sales of the device would initially be made through Alibaba's B2C and C2C platform Taobao, and through Tianyu's own sales channels, with a focus on offline sales. Moving forward, the phone will be sold through China Unicom (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH), which will offer it with a subsidized calling plan through its distribution channels.
In an interview with Netease Tech, AliCloud president Wang Jian said that the operating system is an independently developed, Linux-based operating system designed to support cloud applications. The official AliCloud press materials state that users will be able to use Aliyun OS cloud-based applications by simply logging in with their AliCloud account ID rather than having to download and install applications.