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China highlights Google smartphone dominance

Government white paper accuses Google of discriminating against domestic companies

The Chinese government has expressed concern over Google's dominance in its domestic smartphone market.

In a white paper authored by China's Ministry of Industry, translated by Reuters, Google's ostensibly open-source Android OS was singled out as a cause for concern.

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

Android is China's leading smartphone platform by a wide margin, but the Ministry of Industry's white paper suggests that Google has discriminated against Chinese companies to protect its position. No specific measures were suggested, but the Chinese government has a tendency to regulate in favour of domestic companies.

And any regulation would be a significant blow to companies like Google and Apple, which regard China as a vital market for future growth. Last month, Flurry released data indictaing that China is now the world's biggest smartphone market in terms of device activations.

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Latest comments (3)

Paul Gheran Scrum Master 4 years ago
Isn't any company's mandate to leverage their competitive advantage and provide value to their shareholders?

'Google is too successful! We want Huawei to be the number one company! Waaaaaaaaaaa'

Dry your eyes Chinese government. Go get em Googs.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd4 years ago
@ Paul Sadly they'll just impose harsh sanctions on Google, possibly even bans, to strengthen native companies' market share. Luckily as time has progressed Chinese citizens have become more and more aware of what their government actually does to remove their social and consumer freedoms. Trying to block the insanely popular Android from continuing to grow, expand, and serve Chinese consumers may be the straw that breaks the camel's back. China's government is on the razor's edge of social unrest.

I genuinely wish you the best of luck Google.
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 4 years ago
Oh good grief China...
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