Over the past few days, Google and Alibaba have argued over whether Alibaba's Aliyun OS is a ripoff of Android. But one thing does not seem to be in dispute: the Aliyun app store is hosting a bunch of pirated Android applications.
When Acer attempted to release a phone running Aliyun OS, Google objected, telling Acer it would lose the privileges it gets as a member of the Open Handset Alliance. OHA membership bars members from releasing non-compatible versions of Android. Alibaba claims Aliyun is not really a version of Android, but Alibaba has not disputed Android chief Andy Rubin's assertion that the Aliyun app store "contains Android apps (including pirated Google apps)."
A search for "Google" on the Aliyun store turns up what appear to be numerous copies of official Google applications, including Google Drive, Google Books, and Google Sky Map:
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