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Google Controls Too Much Of The Smartphone Industry, Says Controlling Chinese Government

The all-powerful Chinese government dislikes the immense popularity of Google's open smartphone platform.

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has issued a white paper that suggests Google exercises too much control over the smartphone industry inside China. The objection is specifically directed against Google because while the Ministry admits that "the Android system is open source" and thus Chinese operators and manufacturers are more or less free to do as they wish with the tech, "the core technology and technology roadmap is strictly controlled by Google." Furthermore Google may have discriminated against local companies as it pursued its own agenda. China is, the Ministry asserts, more than capable of manufacturing its own open source operating systems, with Baidu, Alibaba, and Huawei cited as great examples of home-grown tech.

Google partially withdrew from mainstream operations in China some years ago in protest over China's censorial demands that Google adjust its search results for Chinese citizens. China is one of the world's biggest manufacturing centers for smartphone tech of all stripes from Android phones through to Apple's iDevices, and Apple has identified that it plans to expand rapidly into the Chinese market—indeed, this may be behind rumors it's working on a cheaper iPhone. Separately China has recently been criticized for allegedly hacking top-rank U.S. companies for what's assumed to be IP theft.

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  • Casey Nezin

    Considering Apple has had its own share of political scandal in China, especially involving its employment of Chinese labor, the idea that Google is taking over the smartphone market actually comforts me as a consumer. Add to this the numerous patent lawsuits Apple has filed against manufacturers that were in the business years before the iPhone was drawn up, and one can find Apple a far more threatening corporate entity than Google.

    Casey Nezin--Employee of Etech7

  • Casey Nezin

    While I can't speak as to my opinion on the Chinese government, I would say that while it's easy to vilify Google, Apple has had it's own share of controversy in regards to its business practices, especially when it comes to the employment of Chinese labor in its factories. Add to this the repeated patent lawsuits in country after country against cell phone manufacturers that were in the business years before Apple was manufacturing the iPhone, and the thought of Google owning its fair share of the smartphone market hardly seems threatening.
    Casey Nezin--Employee of Etech7