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This could eventually lead to new measures against Google

China believes Google and its Android operating system have too much of a pull in the country's smartphone market, and while it hasn't directly mentioned regulatory actions, things could eventually go in that direction.

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology authored a white paper that said Google's Android operating system is taking over China's smartphone industry. It even said that Google has discriminated against Chinese companies in the past.

"Our country's mobile operating system research and development is too dependent on Android," said the white paper. "While the Android system is open source, the core technology and technology roadmap is strictly controlled by Google."

The White paper described how Google discriminated against certain Chinese firms when they tried to make their own operating systems by putting off the sharing of necessary codes.

The paper didn't mention any regulatory actions or other measures, but did praise Chinese companies like Alibaba Group and Huawei Technologies. This could mean that, at some point, the country could try to take action against Android in order to promote Chinese companies and their technologies.

Google and China have had an interesting relationship in the past years. In 2010, the two were warring over Chinese hackers accessing Google servers and email accounts. From there, Google threatened to uncensor its search results -- and China heavily censors the Internet.

Oddly, Google made a huge effort to expand in China just one year later. It added new sales staff to its offices in China and targeted businesses that wanted to advertise on its web pages.

Source: Reuters

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RE: <finger>
By inperfectdarkness on 3/6/2013 2:49:50 AM , Rating: 2
It seems to me that the MORE socialized/communized and/or fascist a country is, the more it cries foul on the world stage.

Iran, N.Korea and China seem to bitch the most. Russia is next. Then the eurozone. The USA somewhat less than that. In fact, the only "complaining" I've seen recently from the USA is to publicize the pervasiveness of Chinese hackers--which is hardly being pulled out of thin-air.

I maintain that a lightly-regulated free-market is the key to consumer choice, personal freedom, and economic progress.

RE: <finger>
By FaaR on 3/6/13, Rating: 0
RE: <finger>
By ritualm on 3/6/2013 2:24:17 PM , Rating: 2
China hates Google because China isn't the one that controls the Android OS. There is nothing communist, socialist, or even capitalist about it. It's all about power and control here.

RE: <finger>
By fic2 on 3/6/2013 10:44:31 AM , Rating: 2
I maintain that a lightly-regulated free-market is the key to consumer choice, personal freedom, and economic progress.

None of the countries you mentioned including the U.S. have anything close to a "lightly-regulated free-market"...

RE: <finger>
By inperfectdarkness on 3/6/2013 12:24:46 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't say they did. I also know that the LESS regulated a country's economy is...the more it tends to thrive. Companies like having freedom to operate.

And I stand corrected. I should have referred to Russia as a legalized dictatorship, and China as an oppressive plutocracy with a stranglehold on censorship.

Is that better?

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