Google Play Store may hit China in early 2016

Google Play Store may hit China in early 2016
One of Google's biggest competitors to Android is actually Android, because there is the Google version of Android that includes Google Apps and Play services, but then there is also AOSP which can be used anywhere by anyone and some companies have built very big businesses off of AOSP, especially in places like China and Russia. Well, Google reportedly has a plan to change that in China.

This is especially big news because Google notably pulled Search from China and has not had a localized version of any Google product in China since 2010. But, according to a new report, Google is planning to launch the Google Play Store in China in 2016 sometime after Chinese New Year in February, but before early summer. 

Interestingly, the report claims that Google Play in China would be specifically designed for China and would not be connected to the current international version of Google Play. Allegedly, Google will even comply with Chinese laws regarding filtering (aka censoring) content within the Play Store. It is unclear if Google would bring the full suite of apps and Play services or not. 

Google has reportedly wanted to get back into the Chinese market and is planning to slowly bring products back to the region. Apparently, the call of the yuan and over 1.3 billion people is hard to resist. 

source: Reuters

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7 Comments

1. Tziggy14

Posts: 611; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Google is not gonna see much traction. Baidu and Xiaomi have pretty much taken their place in China since they left 5 years ago. The Google brand in China is near worthless nowadays.

3. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Yeah and much of the apps in the Playstore are made in China. Google is really worthless in China.

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3238; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

some chinese ROMs are much better than google, samsung, sony, htc, lg and many more... MIUI for example, is much much better than stock and many more

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wow. This could be the move that could send Android too nice chunk of market. A chance for good safe apps made for Chinese could be a very big deal.

5. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Android already has a very dominant market in China, it's just that the market does not belong to Google that's all. In china, they have their own ecosystem and the re-introduction of the Play Store means nothing because China is filtering their internet and if Google chooses to pull data from outside of China, then apps might download slow.

4. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

It doesnt seem nice to live in china ... Anyway that is good for people interested in google services

6. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

I was in China for the last two months, pretty interesting journey. Was using majority of Microsoft services. Wired internet is pretty fast but pages still load slowly unless you are using websites hosted in China

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