Google to make comeback in China by year-end – report

Google to make comeback in China by year-end – report

07 SEP 2015

Google reportedly is looking to return to China later this year after pulling out five years ago due to disputes over censorship with the government.

The US-based company expects to receive approval from Chinese authorities for a revamped version of its Google Play app store for Android smartphones in China, The Information reported. The Chinese version will comply with the country’s censorship requirements and store data locally. Google has informed the government that it will follow local laws and block any apps that are objectionable.

The Play store app will only work on devices running the new “M” version of Android and on devices that comply with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology requirements, the tech site said.

The search engine giant also aims to extend support of a version of Android for wearable devices in the country.

Google exited China in 2010 following regular censorship of its search engine results. Its Gmail service has been blocked in the country on an IP level since last December.

China has blocked access to many foreign websites and apps, including Instagram last November, to stop the spread of photos of anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong from reaching the mainland.

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Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he...

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