Lenovo mobile chief confirms rumors about Google's plans for China

By dkpope
Jan 11, 2016
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src="https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2016/01/2016-01-11-image-11.jpg" /></p> <p>Google has been purposefully absent from China since 2010 when it left over increased government censorship, but they&rsquo;re going back soon. Lenovo&rsquo;s head of mobile, Chen Xudong, just confirmed that <a href="http://9to5google.com/2016/01/11/google-play-services-in-china-2016/">Google will launch Play services in 2016</a>, 9to5Google reports.</p> <p>True, this is not verified by Google, but it&rsquo;s pretty close. Lenovo works with Google on Android in countries other than China, so it makes sense that they would be the launch partner for Play services.</p> <p>There are a lot of things we still don&rsquo;t know, such as when Google plans to launch Play services in China &ndash; Xudong didn&rsquo;t say exactly when, just sometime this year. Another thing we don&rsquo;t know is which services will be available when Play launches. And one more thing we don&rsquo;t know is whether manufacturers will have the choice between Play services and third-party app stores, or if Google will force them to stick to the same policies as manufacturers outside of China.</p> <p>Google and China have an interesting history, to put it mildly. In 2014, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/google-china-idUSL3N0UD21W20141229">China removed Google Docs, Play and Gmail</a> from the country completely. And let&rsquo;s not forget the <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8582233.stm">hacking scandal in 2010</a> that ended up bringing a U.S. investigation into China hacking services for private information.</p> <p>But as China adds more and more mobile and Internet users, Western companies can&rsquo;t help but want to get in on that audience. Google isn&rsquo;t alone in this. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent all of 2015 <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-10-21/facebooks-zuckerberg-gets-a-toehold-in-china">trying to attract the Chinese government</a>, with nothing to show for it as of now. Maybe Google will fare better with this Play launch.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/63432-lenovo-mobile-chief-confirms-rumors-about-google-plans.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/63432-lenovo-mobile-chief-confirms-rumors-about-google-plans.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/63432-lenovo-mobile-chief-confirms-rumors-about-google-plans.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    Honestly, I was hoping this article would have been about Google buying China. XD

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