There are a very few people who know about YunOS. YunOS, developed and designed by AliCloud, is a Linux based smartphone operating system. AliCloud is a subsidiary of Alibaba Group, a Chinese company. And it is en route to secure 14% share of shipments of smartphones in China by the end of year. YunOS is also known as AliyunOS and has been designed for phones based on Android Open Source Project. And now, it is set to compete with Apple iOS.

YunOS vs iOS
YunOS homescreen

YunOS made its debut in 2011 with Tianyu K-Touch W700 smartphone. But it has wriggled to find strong partners because of the popular Android devcies. This prompted Alibaba to acquire $590 million stake in Meizu last year to help YunOS adoption.

According to the reports prepared by the the market analysts, by the end of year 2016 Alibaba group’s YunOS/AliyunOS will become the 2nd largest active smartphone OS in China, taking down Apple’s iOS. Though, the previous claims of Alibaba state that YunOS has already outdone Apple iOS.

“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,” said a senior analyst.

It has been estimated that the the total shipment of YunOS smartphone will top 100 million units this year. It is in resonation the projection made by giant Alibaba.

The top YunOS smartphone suppliers are Meizu, Doov, and XiaoLaJiao. But, at the conference of Alibaba’s cloud computing last month, Aiden Yong, the director of YunOS said that “We want YunOS to be the ‘go-to’ operating system for China’s smart industry.”

Earlier this year, Google symbolized YunOS as an “Android Fork”. It also ostensibly forced Taiwanese multinational electronics and hardware corporation Acer to pull the plug on YunOS powered Android smartphones.

But, the executives of YunOS have stressed that the the YunOS smartphones are not “Android Fork,” as it has been developed with open source software, Linux. Thus, YunOS has claimed that its runtime environment consists of its own made cloud app engine and Java VM, that supports HTML5 web apps.