China Not Happy with Google's Android Dominance
March 5, 2013 10:59 PM
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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.
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
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3/6/2013 9:10:20 AM
Android is open source. If they don't like Google lording over it, they can just grab the source and fork it. That's what Amazon and Barnes & Noble did for the Kindle and Nook.
Of course they'll lose out on new improvements to Android added by Google, but that's the price you pay for forking it and making your own version that you fully control. It's rather unreasonable to fork it so you have full control over it, but expect Google to help you to improve your code for free.
3/6/2013 1:51:53 PM
They have done this already.. China Mobile's OPhone...of course Baidu Yi and Aliyun OS. I'm sure there are others...
All these forks did was take the code, change the UI and bam, 'new OS'
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