Google puts off launch of mobile phone in China
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 21/01/2010 01:44
Google today postponed the launch in China of a mobile phone incorporating its email and web services, after the row with the government in Beijing over censorship and hacking of its internal network.
"The launch we have been working on with [mobile carrier] China Unicom has been postponed," said a Google spokesman.
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Google Delays Release of Cellphones in China
Google said Tuesday that it and a Chinese cellphone service company had postponed the release this week of two mobile phones that would use Google's Android software.
Google did not give a reason for the delay, but a person briefed on the situation said the company did not feel that the phones should be released given the current uncertainty over its Chinese operations and its Chinese-language search engine. The company announced last week that it would negotiate with Chinese officials over the government's unwelcome requirement that Google censor searches on its Chinese search engine, Google.cn. The company, based in Northern California, said it could shut down or curtail operations in China if the government did not relent.