China too reliant on Android says report; solution is to switch to another platform

China too reliant on Android says report; solution is to switch to another platform
With Android's market share in China above 80%, a White Paper report published by the China Academy of Telecommunication Research for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology suggests that the country lessen its reliance on Google's open source OS and switch to other platforms like Windows Phone, Tizen, and Firefox OS. China is one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world and home to the world's largest carrier, China Mobile.

China’s Academy of Telecommunication Research under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology also suggested that some of the country's top mobile companies like Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE and Coolpad, and Internet service providers Alibaba and Baidu, develop their own mobile OS for smartphones. However, Taiwan based industry sources in the handset supply chain said that it is too late for these firms to develop its own OS because it takes three to five years for a nascent OS to become competitive, making it too late to compete in the mobile OS business.

One solution offered by the report was for the Android to release some of its regulations so that the country can build an operating system using a variant of Android. Another solution would be for Chinese companies to provide "rich mobile services" and develop mobile apps based not just on Android, but also iOS and Windows Phone.

source: DigitTimes



1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Don't get is this a bad thing...

5. Dunknown

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Once Android become a monopoly platform, they can control the price whatever they want without control this lead to overprized in other words they earn few times greater than before. Monopoly company has the right to sue you if you make a tiny mistake on your phone or maybe they can even control the world with their own platform. With android monopolized, it lead to unemployment. Company like Ubuntu Linux who only specialised in phone OS will surely shut down. To prevent this to happen it best not letting android become a Monopoly company. You may read the case about The Microsoft when they have about 98% share of their computer os, Windows

7. Corpsemaker

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 10, 2010

No company or operating system can become a true monopoly without the public's consent or government force/approval.

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Sadly but in some contries can using various corruption ways.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31041; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

"Sadly but in some contries can using various corruption ways" Re type this!!!

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Company like Ubuntu Linux who only specialised in phone OS will surely shut down." Ubuntu and Linux are related not only with phone operating systems. ;) And yes, I agree with you, monopoly is evil thing!

30. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

that made no sense..... 1) google don't charge anything for company to use it 2) they don't make their own phone (not including motorola), they simply provides the os to the OEMs. 3)ubuntu linux also have a pc os and its more like a grass root kind of os, much like firefox the only china has a problem with android is that they don't control it.

35. jcarrigan unregistered

typical china, if they control it, they will whine until they can!

21. rsxl5

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Well, lack of control over the OS means lack of control over data sent. Google has a history of not following Chinese Gov. orders. Android phone I bought in China (SE Arc) had OS with removed Google Play and with option 'Allow 3rd party software install' turned on. On Android bought outside of China (or flashed with western ROM if possible) you can use VPN to bypass China Great Wall ; on Windows Mobile you can't. M$ and Apple has much more at stake if banned from China than Google ; so, they are much more prone for Chinese government pressures (same with other manufacturers that do sell hardware in China).

31. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

now why would android want china to have access to the main resources of its os to tweak it they way they want and hide the true nature of android. hhhmmm i wonder??? they must take google for fools

4. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The only way they can move to another platform is to stop manufacturing/sales of cheap android phones made by thousands of small companies in China. Doing that would also put them out of business as licensing for other platforms would not be cheaper. Rightnow, those phones are cheap because they do not pay several dollars per unit sold to companies like qualcom, MS, Nokia. in short, this is never going to happen, android will always dominate in China.

6. nikenturd unregistered

Well, uhm....only IF other platforms offer something truly better i suppose....why the heck would they switch to an OS that require licensing fees and such? The Android juggernaut cannot be stopped and this article is reeking jealousy from whomever made it.

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Time for Tizen/Ubuntu/Jola/Firefox to enter china. Too much reliance on Windows isn't a good idea unless M$ has bribed the Chinese Govt too :)

9. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

hahaha, performing too good is also a problem

14. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

china is just afraid google might use tricks to push content to android devices that china disapproves. android may employ means to access the web to bypass the communist government's filters. we know how google is pushing for a freer internet in china. the government is afraid google will use android to let more chinese know about the freer, democratic, and less immoral world.

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I am curious...what is MS's desktop market share in China? If its anywhere near Android's......China is just mad Google wont bow down to them: What about before Android came out? Did they have a problem with the market leader then? If not...

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31041; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

China's that one country you don't wanna mess with though. They could make it tough for google, if they really got pissed at em.

25. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Yes you are right. Didn't they create a situation where goog had to pack it's bag doing a hop at hongkong enroute back to USA ... china will not llike anything US in long run some say they may fork android like amazon did .... care a s**t about outside china and make it a China only OS ... shift is already there i think

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31041; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I hope not, cause the competition is a good thing and google is driving it.

37. Veritas_Aurora

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

I don't know how the Microsoft Office can make profit from China, since even in the public and local government, they never use legal Microsoft's softwares, all of them used the cracked version, although from the Windows OS has a seemed-to-be-perfect anti-privacy serial number activation. Mac is better, since only a tiny amount of Chinese guys use it, and they don't willing to hack or crack the apps for Mac OS platform

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Why they didn't even think about Symbian?

17. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

because Symbian is dead and Resting in Peace.

20. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

they can revive Symbian

27. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Tell this to Nokia CEO,Elop....... The only OS he know is Window phone...

28. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Elop? He doesn't listen to his fans.

18. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

totally agree with this... if android will play monopoly, this is a bad thing! so firefox (well im not really counting on this one though, sailfish (this one is a sure winner) and ubuntu! please arrive now!!

19. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

well either makes sense but people will go where the money is. cant regulate that.

24. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

ha.... Google beat the Chinese this time can't make something fake that you can get free!!!

26. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Okay, so this makes it look even more like the Chinese government is pissed because something they can't control is dominant in their mobile phone market. At least they're being consistent by not naming iOS as an alternative. However, the suggestion that Google allow China to make their own version of Android makes their government's motivation very transparent: they want something they can nationalize, control, use to spy on people and make sure they're being good little Communists. Tyrannical f**kers.

29. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Yet, they aren't concerned about 90% of windows' pc market share monopoly

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.