Earlier this month, Alibaba unveiled the newest version of YunOS and also landed its biggest partner yet. Meizu, a domestic smartphone maker popular in the country, decided it would use the operating system on its latest flagship phone and touted the Alibaba services that would be tied in.
"We feel that we are a very strong Internet service company in China," Tsai said, adding that he expects YunOS to be a "long-term winning strategy."
A Chinese government report last year said that Google had too much control over Android and signaled support for a homegrown mobile OS.
Google feuded with Alibaba in 2012 over YunOS, claiming that the software was a variant of Android. Alibaba rejected the claim, slamming Google for preventing hardware vendors from using YunOS.
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