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China: Google Has Too Much Control of Country’s Mobile Industry

March 7, 2013

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The Chinese Ministry of Technology has accused Google of unfairly discriminating against local firms by hindering the country’s ability to develop its own mobile operating system against the might of Android.

The ministry claimed that Google currently has too much control of the country’s mobile industry and is using its stranglehold to hinder competition in the market in a white paper.

“Our country’s mobile operating system research and development is too dependent on Android,” says the document, according to a Reuters translation. “While the Android system is open source, the core technology and technology roadmap is strictly controlled by Google.”

The white paper claims the search giant is discriminated against some local firms, stopping them sharing code and technology with each other that could facilitate the development of a new Chinese mobile OS.

Despite attacking the search giant the paper did not call for any regulatory changes.

The publication marks the latest clash between China and Google. Since 2010 the company has been at odds with the country’s government over its co-called Great Firewall and censorship policies. We’ve compiled some of those stories below.


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