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Alibaba takes aim at Google’s android

 Alibaba takes aim at Google's android 阿里巴巴投资新浪微博意在挑战安卓?.jpg

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s investment into China's social media giant will likely be instrumental in one of its key ambitions: challenging the dominance of Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android operating system in China's fast-growing smartphone market. 


Known primarily for its e-commerce heft in China, Alibaba is redesigning its business for the mobile Internet era by stepping up investment in its own smartphone operating system. Its $586 million investment in Sina Corp.'s (SINA) Twitter-like Weibo microblog business on Monday followed an earlier move this month to promote its mobile platform. 



'If you are a big Internet company and you are ambitious enough in the mobile space, you have to do more than apps,' Alibaba Chief Strategy Officer Zeng Ming said in a recent interview. 'Otherwise, you are just a small species in an ecosystem controlled by others.'



A tighter grip over Sina Weibo, which has 46.2 million daily active users, could enable Alibaba, whose Taobao shopping site has more than 500 million registered users, to have access to vast swaths of data. And having control over the operating system is the best way to gain access to all the mobile-based data, Mr. Zeng said. 



'Data on mobile phones are so valuable,' he said. 'In one way or the other, you can make some money out of it,' even though Alibaba is still working on specific ways to do so, he said.  



While Alibaba makes money through advertisement and service fees, how to monetize data accumulated through its online services–be it on PCs or mobile–has been a challenge.



The fledgling Alibaba Mobile OS, or AMOS, faces an uphill battle against Android, which, according to research firm IDC, powered more than 80% of all smartphones shipped in China last year. Apple's iOS held around 10%. Alibaba is aiming for a 10% share, even though its current market share is less than 1%, Mr. Zeng said. 



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