Google blocks launch of Android phones in China

Google blocks launch of Android phones in China
Just how open is an open source OS when it can be blocked from usage? Held hostage because of the fight between China and Google, the latter company is blocking the launch of Android phones in China. "The launch we have been working on with China Unicom has been postponed," a Google spokesman said. Most manufacturers have been surprised by Google's action. Two Android handsets were supposed to launch Wednesday. Google last week said it was targeted in a cyberattack that originated in China. The attacks were aimed at the e-mail of human rights activists. Google, as a result, said it would no longer censor search engine results in China, even if that means shutting down in the country. The Chinese government said that Google and other foreign firms must obey the country's laws and traditions. The two Android handsets affected by Google's decision are made by Motorola and Samsung.

source: BBC



1. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Huzzah google.

2. scorpio85

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

LOL I think its kind of funny. Usually China has the better phones and softwares, or at least get them 1st. Now they cant get the next big thing. I bet Motorola and Samsung are pissed, especially if they have mass phones already made for them.

5. SamTime

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 07, 2009

Better phones and software??? WTF are you smoking dude? That country is filled with gray market phones running gray market software

3. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

nexus one sux anyways..they aernt missing much

6. SamTime

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 07, 2009

The two phones are by motorola and samsung. What does the Nexus One have to do with this article? WTF fanboi???

4. Remus

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Well...the article said that their decision was reached by Google and Samsung both. China needs to stop being so oppressive. Its good to see companies wanting to participate in China's tyranny.

7. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

fight on google!!! thats it fight the man!!! end oppression!!!

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