China's Alibaba (ALBCF.PK) plans to develop its own mobile OS. Gaining ground won't be easy:...

|By:, SA News Editor

China's Alibaba (ALBCF.PK) plans to develop its own mobile OS. Gaining ground won't be easy: Android already controls much of the low-end Chinese smartphone market, while the iPhone is flourishing on the high-end. In addition, Alibaba's decision to place apps on a remote server could frustrate customers when a network isn't available.