This news is so big, even Reuters picked it up: Alibaba places China smartphone business bet with $590 million Meizu deal
The thing about Alibaba is that it has its own Cloud-based OS, called Aliyun. That’s way ahead of its time. Blank hardware isn’t something that I think will happen any time soon. Neither Apple nor Samsung should be worried. Nor should Xiaomi.
And it’s also unclear what Meizu’s stance is in regard to international telephony patent licensing. Not having them has blunted Xiaomi’s international ambitions.