Google’s Android is the most popular operating system not just in China, but also across the globe. One thing that might surprise quite a number of readers is the fact that the Chinese users of this OS cannot access a wide range of Google’s mobile services, thanks to disputes with the government.
One thing that might surprise quite a number of readers is the fact that the Chinese users of this OS cannot access a wide range of Google’s mobile services, thanks to disputes with the government.
Sometime last year, reports emerged that Google could be on its way to restoring its services back in China. However, the rumors started fading away, but even before 2016 goes further, reports of bringing back Google Play Services to a country that has been missing these services for several years now, have resurfaced through Lenovo. This revelation was made by Chief of Lenovo, Chen Xudong, but there is no mention of the exact day or date that we can expect to see this update come back to the most populated country in the world.
Google wants a share of the huge mobile market in China
The smartphone market keeps growing day and night; especially with many Chinese manufacturers coming in with some of the best devices you can get, for prices under $500 or way below this tag. Companies such as Xiaomi, OnePlus and Huawei have been leading the way with high quality devices that are sold at mid and low end prices, something that has brought tough times to major smartphone sellers such as Samsung and Apple.
China is one of the countries with a huge number of smartphone users all over the world. Surprisingly, Android is the operating system of choice, but the users of these devices cannot access the services of the Play Store. Google wants to ensure that this huge market plays a huge part in its revenue growth, just like the same market has been doing for Apple’s iPhone, coming in second, only after the U.S., in terms of revenues.
Chinese smartphone OEMs such as Xiaomi have successfully forked the Android OS, something that Google seems to be working to take more control over, as well as ensure unity is restored, as far as the number of app stores in the China is concerned.
Google’s intentions are clear
It is very clear that Google is trying to mend its broken relationship with China. In the recent years, Google has gone into close partnerships with Chinese companies such as Mobvoi, a company that deals with artificial intelligence and voice recognition technology, as well as Lenovo, to which it sold the Motorola brand, for a fee of about $2.91 billion. On the other hand, the search engine giant formed a solid partnership with Huawei as far as the Nexus 6P is concerned, a phone that has gained lots of liking from many U.S. dwellers.
There are suggestions that Google might opt for a Chinese-focused Play Store and Play Services in order to stay within the government’s laws, however, it might take some time before Google’s catches up with the more established third party platforms that offer similar services in the country, especially after being off the country’s radar for quite some time.