Google is finally preparing to officially tap into, and completely change the way mobile technology is received in China. A place where regulation is fierce, and the tech giant previously has had little luck getting users inside the walls of the country.
As it stands right now, developers in China can work on any applications they see fit, and sell them inside the Play Store. However, those developers cannot sell or use any of those apps inside China as the country has harshly forbidden the sale or access to the Google Play Store within the country. Ironically enough, more than 130 countries are included amongst those who have access to the Google Play Store, but China has maintained a tight grip on the information and the types of things that are released to the general public in China – especially with regards to freedom on the Internet.
That said, Google first announced this week that developers would have the opportunity to sell those apps in China, for developers – they just wouldn’t be able to sell them within the confines of China. Ironic too, because China is by far the largest market for Android smartphones or smartphones as a whole.
China has offered a wide variety of secondary options for their Android running smartphones. While it may sound ridiculous to imagine an Android smartphone without the Google Play Store – but that is exactly what China has working with it. While no dates have been released, it currently appears as though in the coming months – perhaps as soon as the first half of the 2015 year – China could be finally receiving the Google Play Store on those 700 million smartphone devices that are active in the country right now.
However, Google and China have not been able to, in the past, work together flawlessly by any means. In fact, the two tend to go head-to-head pretty frequently on issues of censorship and things of that nature.
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Ultimately, that’s where the biggest problem is with Google, as they are considered to open-ended for China to accept fully. Many believe that any Google Play Store that would be released, would be done so on a half-and-half basis, or only a partial basis – giving China the opportunity to censor the devices as much, or as little as they see fit.
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Ultimately, this all comes down to the steady fact of determining how willing China is to accept Google, as any entrance into the market would be a positive sign for the company who so-desperately would like to reach that very marketplace, that houses some 700 million Android devices.