Back in 2010, Google had abandoned China on increasing concerns over surveillance and cyber attacks. The whole idea was to protect its services and assert values of Google users. Now it seems Google cannot ignore the massive potential of the Chinese market anymore, and could be planning a return to mainland China sometime this fall, The Information reports. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go powered by Intel Jasper Lake Celeron processor revealed
While the security concerns still persist, Google is said to be planning on releasing a censored version of the Play Store in China. The company will also be leaning on its partners such as Huawei to include the Play Store on its handsets sold throughout China. In order to convince manufacturers to bundle Play Store on their handsets, Google may have to offer some incentives such as roping them in to develop Nexus devices. Also Read - Free COVID-19 vaccine: Today’s Google Doodle urges all to get vaccinated, wear mask
Google will also need government approval for distributing Play Store in China. In order for that to happen, Google will have to censor content by blocking apps that the Chinese government doesn’t want within the country. Google has reportedly agreed to do that and has no intentions to sell media such as books and movies, the report says. Also Read - HP Chromebook 11a review: Great for students, not so for professionals
Google also intends to make a push for its wearable platform, Android Wear in China. According to the report, Play Store version in China will only work on devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. However, with local app stores well established by now, even getting Play Store in China will be a big move in itself.